Earth Efficient Forever Green

There are many reasons for going eco-friendly when thinking about House Renovations & Remodeling.  If not just for the environment, you’ll find the initial investment, wipes a substantial overhead cost off of most of your household bills!   Let’s take a look at a few things you can do to make it more sustainable..!!!!

Upgrade Your Home’s Insulation

Did you know that you can reduce your household energy consumption by 35 percent? By using smart HVAC (heating ventilation air conditioning) controls. 60 percent of the energy consumed in the average household is used for space heating, with that in mind, temperature regulation is key!  Just a one-degree temperature drop equates to a ten percent energy saving overall.

Why go for HVAC controls? HVAC controls can be used to run individual zones or rooms at different temperatures, so unused areas of the house can be heated at a lower temperature.

In terms of purchasing, wireless systems are relatively easy to install and starting prices can be around just £25! For 35% year-round saving, we would say that that is a worthy investment!

Attaching renewables to your home is pointless if it’s so poorly insulated that heat flows straight out. Insulation is essential for any eco-renovation because as much as 40 percent of a home’s heat loss is down to a lack of it. Insulating loft or cavity walls is relatively simple. You can do this with a range of materials, from sheep’s wool to expanding foam. Insulating either will cost from £250 and could save more than £150 a year in energy bills.

Living Green Walls or Vertical Walls

The plants work as an extra protective barrier, moderating the building’s overall temperature from sun rays or restricting warm air from escaping. Plantings can substantially enhance the quality of the air not just by naturally removing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen-rich air, but also by purifying the atmosphere around them by absorption and purifying impurities. Living walls are also similar to green roofs.

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Double or triple glazing

It is no secret that double or triple glazing

Over 10 percent of a home’s energy can be lost through the windows, so it’s essential that yours perform well. If you reside on a major road and are bothered by traffic noise, installing glazed windows will greatly reduce the amount of noise transmitted via windows. On a cold winter night, sitting near a large, glazed glass window is far more pleasant.

Solar Panels

Over the past few years, the costs associated with sonar panels have skyrocketed

Solar panel systems can be used to produce hot water or generate electricity, and work well with financial incentives such as FITs.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems convert sunlight into electricity. They don’t need direct sunlight to work – so you can generate on a cloudy day – but you’ll need to attach them to a roof or wall that faces within 90 degrees of south. Costs vary between £8,000 and £14,000

Reclaim And Reuse Building Materials

Directing construction and demolition materials out of the waste stream by reusing them is great for the environment. The best place to source reclaimed materials is direct from the site of a demolition or remodeling project. Buildings are often dismantled quite carefully so that materials can be sold on.

Are You Planning To Add Cladding To Your Home?

The thermal insulation of a building can be enhanced by adding cladding as it enables mid insulation to be added between both the internal part of the structural frame and the cladding. Other advantages for wall cladding include providing climate control for inside environments, Increasing your safety and confidentiality, Boost Aesthetic Appearance.

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Underfloor Heating

If you’ve always used radiators, maybe it’s time for a change. Underfloor heating (UFH) is a great alternative and should be easy to install if you’re pulling up floors as part of the renovation process. Due to their energy-efficient technology, floor heaters  offer lower long-term running costs than traditional heating systems – significantly reducing the cost of your energy bills.

Improve Thermostats

There’s nothing more sustainable than taking a natural approach to heating your home.

We’ve already looked at solar thermal, but there are other options worth considering, including heat pumps (which act like refrigerators in reverse) and wood-fuelled systems such as biomass boilers.

Over 60 percent of the energy consumed in the average household is used for space heating. By using smart HVAC (heating ventilation air conditioning) controls, this can be reduced by up to 35 percent.

Temperature regulation is the key; a one-degree temperature drop equates to a ten percent energy saving overall.

HVAC controls can be used to run individual zones or rooms at different temperatures, so unused areas of the house can be heated at a lower temperature. Wireless systems are relatively easy to install and costs start at around £250.

Therma Fleece Choices At A Glance

A natural, wool-rich, and permeable insulation that is ideal for lofts as well as floors. Cozy Wool rolls are flattened, minimizing transportation effects by over 50% and making them appropriate for rapid and easy installation. It regains its normal width once unpacked, providing outstanding acoustic and thermal performance.

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Recycle Water

Especially in the UK, we can expect a surplus of thousands of liters of rainwater falling on your roof every year.  Why let it go to waste? Reusing rainwater can be repurposed to function flushing toilets, filling washing machines, and of course, watering gardens.  There are many ways you can harness this free resource for example a harvesting system that collects, filters, and stores the useable water in a tank. You may also want to think about the toilets and shower system.  A low flush toilet uses less than four liters per flush and a low flow showerhead less than 10 liters per minute! Greywater tank.