As we move into the New Year the poor state of our environment continues to dominate headlines all around the world. In 2020, you may be wondering what you can do as a homeowner to help reduce your homes carbon footprint in the New Year.
Running a family home is energy-intensive for very obvious reasons. The washing machine, computers, TV’s and food waste all boost your carbon footprint. There are ways homeowners can help improve their carbon footprint, minimize energy efficiency and save money in the long run.
Here are 4 great ways to help make your home ‘green’ in 2020.
1. Energy Audit
The best way to start lowering your homes carbon footprint is to evaluate where you are using the most energy. The simplest way to do this is to organize an energy audit.
Once booked, an energy efficiency auditor will visit your home and start to assess your homes current efficiency rating. The result of the assessment will provide you with a detailed report telling you exactly where the most energy is being used and wasted. The report will also give you ideas and suggestions on how to improve your energy efficiency.
There are many small changes you will be surprised to learn about that can significantly help your home become more efficient.
2. Renewable Energy Installations
As renewable technologies increase in popularity the costs and installation prices have dramatically fallen. This means homeowners can now benefit from a number of renewable technologies and join the ‘green revolution’ at an affordable price.
The most popular renewable energy installation choice for the last decade has been Solar PV. The price of solar panels has dropped significantly year on year since their introduction to the market. You can now get cheap installation and discounts on panels with a Lowes coupon allowing you to start benefiting from free electricity for your home.
Other popular renewable energy installations to consider are solar thermal, rainwater harvesters, loft insulation and energy-efficient boilers.
3. Smart Meters
Another way to make your home green is to use smart meters. Smart technology has taken off with many of us now using smartphones and smart TVs on a daily basis. Homeowners can now benefit from smart meters which help you identify how much energy you are using in your home and track how much it is costing you.
Also, smart meters are also able to be programmed so that they use energy more efficiently. This can include setting a timer for the heating to come on and off at particular times in the day. For example, it can turn off the heating at the same time you wake up in the morning. This allows heat to remain in the house whilst you get ready but will be turned off saving you money.
4. New Doors and Windows
Finally, the last way to make your home green is adding new doors and windows. You will be amazed at how much energy is lost in your home through heat loss alone. Even a tiny gap in your window can result in losing 45% of the heat in a room. Thankfully, this can now be easily avoided by installing new specially designed doors and windows that eliminate heat loss.
Whilst these new doors and windows may be pricier than regular ones, the amount of money they can save you on bills over time from preventing heat loss makes them well worth the initial investment.