How your home can help the environment

You have probably been doing your part for a cleaner, greener world, but did you know that your home can pitch in now, too?

Green homes and renewable energy in the UK are the strongest trend to hit the real estate market as of late, but there are simple and inexpensive improvements you can make even if you’re not putting your house on the market. Follow these steps to have a home that Mother Earth doesn’t mind playing host to.

1. Change your energy plan.

If you’re in the mood for a total energy overhaul, consider getting solar panels or small wind turbines installed so that you can begin producing your own energy. These green renewable energy sources last for decades and may even give you the opportunity to sell excess energy credits to a local provider.

2. Add environmentally friendly lighting.

“Waste not, want not” is the motto, especially when it comes to lighting. Making simple changes such as shopping for energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs can drastically reduce the amount of energy you use on lighting. And we all know how easy it is to forget to turn off the lights when leaving a room, but motion sensors can solve that problem without straining your brain.

3. Update the plumbing.

This is a key point for both water and energy conservation. Because you use energy to heat the water that runs through your tap, you can do your part to save the earth by turning it off whenever you’re not using it. However, insulating your pipes can also prevent a loss of heat as the water makes its way to you. If you want to go a step further, go shopping for some low-flow tap fixtures that automatically limit the amount of water you use.

4. Insulate.

This trick is so simple that it can be summed up in one word. Insulation around doors and windows can help prevent one of the leading causes of energy loss in extreme seasons. You already spend a lot of money powering the air conditioner in the summer and the heater in the winter, so make sure your hard-earned pennies aren’t escaping through the tiny gaps and cracks in your home’s entry points.

5. Work with nature — not against it.

Remember, we are only allowed residence as long as nature grants it, so show your appreciation by creating a synergy between your home and its natural surroundings. If you have trees on your property, let them grow tall, and use them for shade in the summer. Maximise the amount of natural sunlight you can use by placing furniture near large, open windows. And instead of using harmful lead-filled paint to give your house curb appeal, choose a chemical-free formula. Better yet, spruce up the exterior with a garden. All of these ideas keep one simple principle in mind–it’s better to work with the earth instead of against it.

Article by Good Energy