Renovations and improvements should be made to your home every few years to keep it fresh and fashionable.
There are various other motivating factors that may encourage you to renovate and improve it:
To make home living more comfortable and enjoyable
To increase the resale price of the property
To make it more appealing to homebuyers
To add space
To make it more energy efficient
That last bullet point is a useful reminder of our environmental responsibilities when commencing with a home renovation project. You need to be mindful of your carbon footprint and the planet’s health.
Thankfully, it is very simple to make eco-friendly home enhancements.
Our Top 10 Eco-Friendly Tansformation Tips
Donate or give away items
Just because a certain item is no longer of any use to you, doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t be massively appreciated by someone else. Donate any unwanted possessions e.g. furniture, gadgets, clothes, to charity or a close friend, or sell them online instead of sending them to landfill. Also, consider ways of upcycling any old furniture and accessories to give them a new lease of life instead of buying new.
Buy a low VOC paint
Paint with a high VOC (volatile organic compounds) content contains damaging chemicals and lets off toxic emissions that cause headaches amongst other unpleasant illnesses. Read the label thoroughly to see what’s in it and try to buy a paint with a low VOC when giving the walls a fresh coat, preferably plant-based, water-borne paints.
Employ LED lighting
Incandescent bulbs convert less than 5% of the energy they use into visible light. Replace them with LED lighting as it consumes 90% less power and will bring down the cost of your electricity bills. LED lighting also has a longer lifespan.
Install a rainwater tank
We get our fair share of rain in this country so it makes sense to use it. A rainwater tank will collect any rainfall and you can then utilise it for washing, flushing the toilet, cleaning the car etc. This will enable you to reduce your water consumption, as will cutting your showering time.
Regular boiler service or boiler replacement
An annual service of your boiler by a qualified engineer will determine whether it is offering sufficient energy efficiency and identify any potential problems to reduce the risk of it breaking down at an inopportune time of the year. In many circumstances, replacing your old boiler for a more energy efficient model will prove to be more cost effective in the long-term.
Invest in double or triple glazing
Single glazed windows are largely responsible for the draughts we experience indoors and expensive energy bills. Double or triple glazed windows will limit heat loss and promote solar gain to help keep your living space warm and cosy.
Upgrade old appliances
It is estimated that household appliances account for up to 13% of the overall energy consumption of a home. Significant yearly energy savings will be made when you replace an old dishwasher, washing machine, fridge etc. for a modern model with a high energy efficiency rating. Remember to also press the ‘off’ switch on any appliances that you can afford to turn off rather than leaving them on standby.
Fit a skylight
The absence of a well-positioned window or generous supply of natural sunlight in a kitchen or bathroom can leave them feeling dark. A skylight will drive natural sunlight into the space to illuminate the room and help reduce your reliance on artificial light.
Explore green technologies
Solar panels, heat pumps, programmable thermostats - a small selection of the many green technologies available nowadays that are purposely designed to improve energy conservation. Analyse all the possibilities as individually they’ll greatly lower energy usage and save you money.
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