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May 22, 2019

How to Make Your Property More Eco-Friendly


Making your property more eco-friendly is not just for the eco-conscious and those who are actively trying to reduce their personal carbon footprint. Making your property more eco-efficient can also save you plenty of money in terms of heat loss, and maybe even on electricity bills. On top of that, it can also be a huge selling point to potential buyers in the future, especially if you’re looking to sell your house soon. If you’re wondering how best to improve the eco-efficiency of your home, then you’ll find a few tips and ideas below. 

Fix draughts

If you’re constantly having to knock-up the heating to account for a persistent draught that is making rooms in your house particularly chilly, then it might be a good opportunity to get this seen to. Fixing draughts in your home could save you money on your gas bill if you find a way of sealing off your house from the outside world. Products such as expanding foam will help you to do this, particularly around windows, doors and other cavities in the wall. DIY projects may require you to buy Sealants, Adhesives, Oils & Tapes, but these will all be used time and time again for future renovations.

Insulation

This is one of the best ways to save money and make your property much more eco-friendly. Not only will it prevent heat from escaping, but it will also be one less job for future home-buyers to do. This is particularly useful for old buildings which may not be built with the same quality of materials a contemporary build is. On top of this, if you have hardwood floors, consider putting down heavy rugs to prevent heat from escaping through the floor. 

Double-glazing

Double and triple-glazing are brilliant for temperature regulation, and they will only add value to your property if you currently have single-glazing in place. If you have old-fashioned feature windows, such as sash windows, then you needn’t worry. There are now plenty of window manufacturers that make timber-framed and double-glazed equivalents.

Recycle and go local

If you’re currently in the process of renovating your home, then opting for locally-sourced materials is said to be a great way of ensuring that the manufacturing of your home is eco-friendly and efficient. For example, if you absolutely have to use timber, try to ensure that you use wood from nearby, rather than wood that’s undergone an international flight. On top of this, if you can, try and use recycled furniture and materials – sometimes there’s no real need to buy a modern and new equivalent, particularly with furniture items such as tables, chairs, and bookshelves. 

Chances are, you may have already heard of some of these eco-friendly options – and yet many people still haven’t insulated their walls, lofts or invested in double-glazing. On top of this, it’s a good idea to purchase recycled furniture when possible. If you can avoid an airfare or even needless manufacturing, then you may just be saving yourself money, as well as minimizing your carbon footprint.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the author's own, and do not necessarily reflect those of EconMatters.

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