The start of a new year is a great opportunity to begin afresh and make some positive changes to your lifestyle – and if you plan on doing some renovations in the near future, why not prioritise sustainability and make your home more eco-friendly at the same time?
How to start home improvement?
There are lots of ways you can home improvement, but one of the first areas of focus should perhaps be your internal doors and windows since these are essential in managing heat loss in a property.
Timber is a good choice of material for your doors, as it’s naturally insulating and thus energy efficient. Make sure you check to see that your timber is sustainable by looking for the FSC certification. If you’d rather have the aesthetics of a metal door, however, aluminium is also relatively eco-friendly and recyclable, as well.
For your windows, double or triple glazing is an option, of course, but so are the likes of low E glass, which slows the rate of heat transfer so brilliant for energy efficiency and keeping your home cool in summer and warm in winter.
Insulation is also another great way to make your home more sustainable and there’s no point in investing in lots of renewable technology if your house isn’t properly insulated. Cavity walls and lofts should all be insulated effectively and there are lots of materials available, everything from expanding foam to sheep’s wool.
If it’s technology you’re looking into right now, however, what about a renewable heating system? Options include solar thermal, heat pumps and wood-fuelled systems like biomass boilers.
There’s a lot that can be done in terms of sustainability, so sit down and do some proper research to ensure you know you’re investing in the right way for you and your family.