Depending on how far you want to go in improving your carbon footprint within your home, either a low-budget makeover or full out transformation, you should dedicate a lot of time researching, as you will find options accommodating your budget.
D.I.Y or Home Improvements
If you are thinking about doing some DIY or getting improvements done to your property in this eco-aware society, you should invest some more time in researching energy efficiency improvements. It’s cheaper to tackle everything at once, but you’ll recoup money on energy bills.
Homes lose significant amounts of heat if they’re not properly insulated with modern insulation methods. More than 50% is lost through the roof and walls, so investing in good insulation will eventually pay for itself over time. The cheap and simple solutions are locating and blocking up any draughts, as these tiny airflows really make difference to any heating systems warming a property.
Switch it up
Switching from electricity to gas is another significant transformation, as heating with gas is far less expensive to run. If you are renting a property heated by electricity, you could ask the landlord to show you the system and how to set it to only heat the occupied rooms.
Through the Looking Glass
Heat also finds its way through glass and windows, although pricy, double-glazing can save over $300/£180 on energy bills. The other benefits include living in a quieter environment, added security with modern locks, will give your property a facelift, and the fact it will eventually pay itself off.
That Old Boiler
Boilers are a main concern and new models are very expensive, but these modern boilers are far more energy efficient and reliable. You can check if your current boiler is Energy Saving Trust recommended and find out its rating using the boilers.org.uk website. Just as homes do, boilers also have energy ratings spanning from A to G. The gap between A and G is a significant amount of savings over a year, as much as $500/£300. Like most energy saving improvements, this will pay for itself in no time at all.