It’s becoming increasingly important for the built environment to become more energy efficient if the UK is to hit its net zero climate change targets. This applies to both brand-new buildings and those already in existence – and, if you’re considering a renovation project at the moment, it’s the perfect opportunity to make your home more sustainable.
Not only is this great for the planet and will help you reduce your carbon footprint, it’s also great for the health and wellbeing of your family, not to mention your back pocket! A greener home is a cheaper home to run, after all, so you could start seeing all sorts of benefits with just a few sustainable tweaks here and there.
If you’re wondering where to begin with your journey towards going green at home, here are some top tips from the team here at SDL PKB to help you take that all-important first step.
Upgrade the insulation
The best place to begin and one that will deliver significant benefits is with the insulation of your home. It’s quick and easy to install, so you can tie this in with other work you have going on at the same time and will really help keep the heat inside where it belongs, driving huge savings on your energy bills.
Use eco finishes
Choosing eco-friendly paint is a must for anyone keen to be green at home and there are lots of options out there to help you to achieve your goals. These paints are water soluble and use mineral and plant dyes for their colour range, which is certainly extensive so you won’t have to worry about not finding the shades you want.
This also means that you won’t be breathing in lots of nasty chemicals after you’ve painted the whole house, so your home will be a lot healthier as a result, as well.
Renovate in the summer
Home improvements often require lots of doors and windows to be open at the same time, so it can be greener to renovate in the warmer summer months, when you don’t need to have the heating on, thus reducing energy wastage.
It’s also far more enjoyable doing work on the house when the weather is fine outside!
If you want to take your ambitions even further, researching Passivhaus design can help you find out what more you could do. These buildings are designed to ensure lower energy bills, a reduced carbon footprint, improved air quality indoors and higher levels of comfort.
They achieve this through high-standard insulation, more efficient heat recovery systems, the use of renewable energy sources and air tightness.
Need help with a house renovation in Hertfordshire or beyond? Get in touch with the SDL PKB team today.