As well as being kind to the planet, which is much needed, having a thermally efficient home brings a host of other benefits to you as a homeowner, or indeed a tenant. Not only can it save you money, it also requires a lot less maintenance and keeps you physically healthier. So, let’s find out exactly what benefits having an environmentally friendly home can bring.
Lower energy bills
Incorporating thermally efficient windows, doors and walls into your home will have a noticeable effect on your energy bills. The more insulation you have, the less energy is wasted, which is better for the environment and your wallet! Your home won’t need to work so hard to stay warm and as a consequence, you’ll be paying less. The cost benefit of insulating your home is definitely the most obvious, however by far not the only one. Did you know that, according to the Energy Saving Trust, you could save up to £120 a year on your energy bills, simply by replacing your windows.
When it comes to environmentally friendly homes, sustainability is a key aspect. Environmentally friendly materials tend to be far more durable than non-sustainable ones, meaning you won’t have to redo parts of your home as often. This also saves you money in the long term! You’ll save money and time on costly repairs, renovations and replacements.
Healthy house, healthy body!
A thermally efficient house not only protects you from high energy costs and the price of repairs, but also from the cold outdoors. Good insulation will keep the cold where it’s meant to be: outside! A cold indoors will make you sick and make your home generally uncomfortable, which no one wants!
Higher home value
Sustainable and eco-friendly homes are very trendy right now. With the rise of technological advancements in the field of environmentalism, incorporating some of these into your home will increase its market value. If you ever decide to sell your property, you will thank yourself for thinking ahead, as sustainability sells!
How can you make this happen?
Firstly, invest in good insulation. This is the most important way to trap heat in and not lose unnecessary amounts of money and heat through windows, doors, walls and roofs. Get in touch with a qualified technician who can insulate your roof properly. You can lose massive amounts of heat through all areas in your house, so troubleshooting to find areas of heat loss is a major help. There are plenty of options when it comes to sustainable materials, from reclaimed woods to entirely recycled materials, which are just as strong as more conventional materials. Therefore, incorporating sustainable materials into the walls and roof of your new home will lower your home’s carbon footprint and your energy bill.
You should also switch to a greener energy supplier when setting up or reviewing your energy bills. There is a common myth that these are more expensive than regular plans, however this isn’t true! If you look at tariffs from Bulb and Octopus, you’ll see that they provide very affordable plans, with very little cost to the environment. Opting for a green energy tariff will reassure you that your energy is coming from 100% renewable sources, and won’t be doing damage to the environment.