Eco Homes: How Home Design Can Help Save the Planet

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Let’s face it, very few people are denying the existence of climate change nowadays. The once heated debate on the origin of the world’s rapid warming has cooled somewhat as the evidence has kept coming. The fact is that the earth is warming at an alarming rate and, for the most part, this is our fault. In order to fix this issue we must adapt and change our lifestyles to look after our planet instead of destroying it. So, how can I do this? Well there are of course many ways but our housing industry could hold one of the keys.

We’re sure that like us you have heard of carbon footprint reduction techniques like reducing your food miles or flying less. Though one of the best ways to help the planet is to create an eco-friendly home. So, how do you do this? Well, in this blog we’ll talk about all things eco-homes. From building a home from the ground up to small improvements you make here and there to reduce your carbon footprint. Hopefully, this article will inspire you to start your eco journey. We’ll discuss a whole host of things so you can decide which measures suit your scenario best. So, keep reading to find out more.

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The facts behind global warming

Let’s get the record straight. Global warming is real. We’re sure that you’re well versed in the subject of climate change but it might be useful to run through the latest facts and figures to get an idea of how we stand now. The truth is that this first section won’t exactly make for positive reading but it is vital that we understand the predicament that we’re in so we can fight it. Later we will discuss how everyone can do their bit to improve this situation so don’t worry there are ways to solve the issue and there is reason to believe we can turn this all around.

The global temperature is rising. In fact, since the late 19th century the earth’s average surface temperature has risen by 1 degree Celsius. This dramatic rise is thanks largely to the increase in carbon dioxide in our atmosphere which has largely been attributed to the burning of fossil fuels. The majority of this rapid warming has happened during the past 40 years and the last seven years have been the warmest since records began. Along with the clear rise in surface temperature, our oceans have also been warming. The top 100 metres of our oceans have increased in temperature by 0.33 degrees Celsius since 1969.

Clearly then, the facts are undeniable. So, how do you fix this? Well, we must act fast or we risk losing our cherished environments, unique ecosystems, and ultimately our livelihoods. Most of the change must come from our governments such as laws around transport, fossil fuels and energy. Though we can do our own bit. Recycling for example can be a great way to reduce your carbon footprint as well as reducing your food miles and energy usage. Though, one of the key solutions lies within our homes and how they are designed and built. So, keep reading this blog to find out more.

Housing and the environment

The housing market has always had a fairly problematic relationship with the environment. After all, even before the rise in greenhouse gas emissions trees would have to be felled and environments destroyed to make way for new homes. Nowadays though this relationship has become increasingly toxic and the figures are certainly cause for concern. The housing market is responsible for more than 40% of global energy consumption and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. These are, of course, worrying figures and we must try to bring them down. So, how can you improve your home’s figures? Keep reading to find out more.

Smart meters

As you might expect there are a whole host of things which can be done to improve your home’s efficiency. Though, one of the latest developments is the smart meter. Though what actually is this piece of technology and how will it improve your home’s environmental impact? Well, essentially a smart meter will keep you up to date with how much energy you are using allowing you to channel energy into rooms that need it most rather than wasting your resources. You can also control your heating from outside of your home. This will mean that you can channel energy into specific areas and ultimately save on costs and usage.

Energy-efficient light bulbs

Light bulbs are undoubtedly one of the biggest issues when it comes to keeping our homes energy efficient. Older-style bulbs for example use a huge amount of power and waste a great deal of energy in the process. Though you’ll be glad to know that there is a solution for this and it’s not even very expensive. Don’t worry you won’t have to rewire your home. Instead, just change your light bulbs to more efficient LED alternatives. This will bring your home costs down and reduce the amount of power your home needs to light the rooms. This is by far one of the easiest ways to improve your energy efficiency.

Solar power

We’re sure that most of our readers have heard of solar power and there’s no guessing why really. Solar energy is one of the most efficient and developed methods of renewable energy. This is, of course, why it has become so popular in recent years and why many people throughout the country are adopting solar into their homes. Though solar doesn’t just have to power the light in your home. In fact, it can heat your water and power your outside buildings and lights. So, broaden your horizons when it comes to solar because it is one of the best ways to get your carbon footprint down.

Insulation

The amount of homes in the UK with inefficient insulation is staggering and this has a catastrophic effect on the environment. After all, the less capable your home is of retaining heat the more you have to turn the heating on and the more energy you waste. Therefore insulation is one of the key areas which we must tackle if we want to make our homes greener. From cavity wall insulation and Solid wall insulation to loft insulation there are many areas that you can focus on. So, make sure that your home is properly insulated and this will drastically reduce your home’s environmental impact.

Employ local

Travelling and using cars is, as you might expect, incredibly damaging to the globe and you should attempt to cut the amount of time you spend in a car down as much as possible. Though, when it comes to having work done on your home you should try to employ local traders for most of the projects. After all, this will mean that they will have to travel less to get to your home meaning that less petrol or diesel is used. So, have a look online and make sure to employ local traders. What’s more, this will have a great impact on the local economy!

Buy second-hand

Second-hand shopping has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to its positive impact on the environment. Put it this way, purchasing second-hand items will reduce the need for new products to be built which means less energy is used. What’s more, you really can find some gems out there that might just be what you’re looking for. So, check out some of the second-hand websites available or head over to your local car boot sale and have a browse through what’s out there. What’s more, the chances are that you’ll save a bit of money on the side as well!

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If you need any advice on Electric heating or cavity wall insulation then make sure you contact us today. We have many years of experience in the industry and certainly have what it takes to make your home far more eco-friendly. Our staff are incredibly knowledgeable and would love to talk you through your options.

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