If you want to make your future brighter, greener, and cheaper, you will need to focus on sustainability improvements that will give you the benefits of a green home for many years to come. Below you will find a few tips on which areas to focus on, so you can make a plan, according to your budget and your preferences and feel less guilty about your home’s carbon footprint.
One of the areas we don’t pay enough attention to is the insulation of our home. No matter if your house was built in the last century or just ten years ago, there will surely be room for improvement. You can check whether there are cold spots you have to deal with, and add additional insulation panels. If you have an old roof, you might also want to talk to a roofing company about a replacement. Find a local contractor offering roof installation services and find out what type of sustainable insulation they offer.
The next thing you will have to check up is your heating and air conditioning system. If you are lucky enough to live in a moderate climate, you might be able to save money and energy long term by getting a heat pump installed. You can talk to a contractor to find out whether you have enough yard space and if you could make substantial savings using this technology. If this solution is not an option, you can still get some of your energy from sustainable sources.
It is hard to reduce your energy consumption if you don’t know how much gas and electricity you are using. This is why you might want to install a home energy monitoring system before you choose the right improvements. You can even check the carbon footprint of your home daily so you can point out the appliances that are consuming the most energy and replace them with greener models.
No matter if you are building an extension or insulating your walls, you will have to choose sustainable materials that will not pollute the environment. It might be hard to think 30-50 years ahead, but you have to consider whether or not the building materials can be recycled, or will end up in a landfill. The same applies to your furniture, carpets, and fixtures.
If you don’t currently have a home recycling system, it might be time to set one up. All you need is a couple of stackable boxes and a compost box to start a selective waste collection. If you have young kids, you can put them in charge of recycling, and teach them the importance of looking after the environment and reducing the waste your home produces. Some plastic waste can even be turned into craft projects before you take them to the recycling center. To make your home more sustainable, you will have to focus on the waste of energy and ensure that you are only using sustainable building materials and insulation.