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If you’re renovating your home, congratulations – you’ve already made a sustainable choice. The good news is that green home improvements are more affordable than ever. And you can still achieve that high-end result without compromising the environment.
DIY home energy audit
Before you invest in any improvements, take the time to check your energy consumption. By making a few minor changes you can save hundreds of pounds and it’s quick and easy to audit your energy use:
– Use a smart meter
– Replace lightbulbs with LEDs
– Check your insulation
– Look for draughts around windows and doors
Upgrade your windows
If you want to go green, you need to get double or even triple glazing to eliminate draughts and reduce heat loss. If you’re looking for double glazing in Gloucester, for example, take the time to discuss your sustainable options as uPVC, timber and aluminium all have their advantages and drawbacks.
If you are replacing your existing windows with double glazing in Gloucester or elsewhere, look for units with the energy ratings of C or above. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the window.
Use low VOC paints
One of the quickest and easiest ways to green your home is to opt for low VOC paints. These paints strip out petroleum-based solvents, for an instant green win. And by replacing the Volatile Organic Compounds with water these paints are odourless, too – perfect for that new nursery.
Insulate to accumulate
Insulation is another easy fix that reaps big rewards when it comes to creating an energy efficient home. The good news is that there are plenty of to make this a low cost, and sometimes even free, green home improvement. Not only will you create greater energy efficiency and sustainability, but you’ll feel the difference when you come to pay your bills.
Use responsibly sourced materials
Shop locally for responsibly sourced materials and you’ll cut your greenhouse gas emissions for a greener renovation. To judge whether your materials are sustainable, ask these key questions:
– Are these materials safe for the environment?
– Can I recycle these materials easily in years to come?
– Is the material a renewable local resource?
The more closely you can meet these criteria, the more environmentally sustainable your materials and your renovation will be.