Sustainability is a priority for a lot of homeowners. Whether you’re wanting to reduce your energy bills or be kinder to the planet, there are many things you can do to achieve both.
Every time you look, it seems that energy prices have increased, putting a strain on your budget.
Here are a few ways you can minimize your impact on the environment and save money.
Repair or replace your roof and windows
Windows, doors, and rooves can really make your home less energy efficient if they are old and in need of repair. Think of all that warm air escaping through gaps in the roof or around windows. You’ll find your energy bills creeping up unless your heating is turned on more. Contact a professional service like American Standard Roofing, who will be able to make repairs or fit a more sustainable roof to your property.
Move to a renewable power source
Power generated from renewable resources is a great way to avoid the carbon footprint generated by fossil fuels and gas. Renewable energy sources include solar, wind, and hydropower.
In some cases, you may be able to get solar panels installed at your property to reduce the amount of power you need to use from energy suppliers. As well as reducing bills, you can also sell any additional power back to the energy suppliers.
If installing solar panels or a turbine isn’t possible, then you can choose an energy supplier who is committed to generating some or all of their energy from renewable resources. There are many entering the market at present so it’s worth shopping around for the best deal.
If you live in an area that gets a good amount of rainfall, then you can put this water to good use. By fitting a rain collection barrel to your guttering, you can collect this water to use for watering the garden, washing paths, etc. Some plumbing systems can be set up to collect rainwater to use in flushing toilets.
If you have a garden, then you really should be composting. This involves taking leftover food and other materials and letting them break down. You can then use them to create very nutrient-rich soil in which to grow your plants. It’s not just food either, certain packaging materials can be composted and many companies are now making a selling point of their compostable materials used in things like coffee pods or cloth face masks.
Replace appliances with energy-efficient ones
Think about the number of electrical appliances you use every day. From tv to a washing machine, they all use energy. Old inefficient appliances can be costing you a lot more money than newer ones. Obviously, you don’t want to be adding to landfill unnecessarily, but you should look at which items you need to replace and choose the most energy-efficient ones.
These are just a few of the ways you can become more sustainable at home by making changes to your lifestyle. What are your top tips?