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Eco-friendly homes are becoming more and more commonplace – whether it’s as a result of wanting to take more responsibility for the effects we have on our environment, or if it’s simply a case of cutting costs in the home, there are many reasons as to why we should be considering making our properties that little bit more environmentally aware. Here are just a few ways in which you can take the bull by the horns and help turn your home into an eco-friendly powerhouse.
When it comes to keeping in the heat that your had working heating provides, insulating your loft is one of the best possible choices you can make – with some councils even offering some properties insulation as standard. Insulating your loft will ensure that you lose less heat from your home, and will also bring your bills down, too – consider that a win for both your bank balance and the environment!
Double Glazing windows have two sheets of glass with a gap in between, usually 16mm, to create an insulating barrier that keeps heat in. This is sometimes filled with gas. Triple glazed windows have three sheets of glass, but aren’t always better than double glazed window. The most energy efficient type for double glazing is low emissivity (Low-E) glass. This often has an invisible coating of metal oxide, normally on one of the internal panes. This lets in light and heat but cuts the amount of heat that can get out.
Believe it or not, that drafty doorway or window is causing you more problems money-wise and is giving the environment more of a headache than you’d think. The more space heat has to escape, the more time you’ll be spending trying to warm your home up – meaning that it makes perfect sense to block up anywhere that warmth may be escaping from!
Solar panels are a fantastic investment if you have the money to spare – while they may be expensive to buy initially, you’ll certainly make the money back through use as you’ll always be harnessing natural energy – and they’re very simple to set up and maintain. Is it any wonder they’ve been appearing on roofs more this past decade?
The kettle is one of the most energy-consumptive appliances in the home – and many of us don’t even realise it! Eco kettles that only boil the amount of water required can use 20% less energy than a conventional electric kettle. Every British household loves a cup of tea, and the more you boil, the more of an effect it has on the environment. We’re not saying stop drinking tea, of course – but you can invest in an energy-saving eco-friendly kettle that will put the environment first.
As experts in underfloor heating, you can be assured that we know more than a little about the benefits of underfloor heating can be for both the environment and for your wallet. An underfloor heating system can be used as and when you need it and controlled to provide heat in the rooms that require warmth the most – and as heat is rising up from the floor, it’s radiant, direct warmth – meaning that unlike standard radiator units or standalone convection heaters, warming up your room will take less time, and therefore expend less energy. This will both cut down on your bills and on damage to the environment – it’s as simple as that!
For more information on how we can help you introduce a fantastic and efficient underfloor heating system into your new eco-friendly home, Contact UK Underfloor Heating today on 0800 232 1501!
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