There are many reasons that we might consider home improvement projects. Often we begin them with the intention of improving the look of our properties so that they will be more pleasant to spend time in, sometimes we begin them because we hope we’ll be able to use them to improve the value of our home when we come to sell up, while other times it’s because we have some kind of plan or intention for our home that we really want to make a reality.
At the same time though home improvement can also make our properties simply more efficient and better suited to a range of tasks. For instance you can use home improvement to make your property better at keeping out the cold and keeping your home warm and well protected, and in doing so you might also be able to improve the energy efficiency of your property thereby saving on your energy bill and also reducing your carbon footprint. Here we will look at some home improvement projects you can use that might allow you to improve the energy efficiency of your home and make it more eco-friendly.
Double Glazing: If you don’t already have double glazing then this should be at the top of your list of priorities. Not only will using double glazing allow you to keep your property better insulated against moisture and wind outside, but it will also keep the noise out and help avoid leaks.
Insulation: And of course generally improving the insulation around your home can also have all of the same benefits. Accomplish this by thinking about the insulation in your wall cavities, as well as the insulation in your roof and anywhere else.
Heating: The heating system you have installed obviously can vary in efficiency and this will directly affect how much energy you use when you’re heating up the house.
Carpeting: If you currently have stone or wooden flooring in some of your rooms then those rooms aren’t going to be as energy efficient as they could be and the reason is that carpet is by nature insulating. Think about insulation inside your property then as well as outside – even adding cushions around can help.
Alternative Energy Sources: It’s a rather large project as they go, but setting up some kind of alternate energy source in your home is another way to help reduce the amount of energy you use from power plants. There are various options here – from simply replacing things like garden lights with solar powered equivalents, to installing solar heat pumps for your swimming pool, to going the full hog and taking the effort to actually install a permanent energy source that can power multiple devices such as solar panels on your roof.
Garden: Your garden has the capability to not just reduce the amount of energy you waste and the carbon emissions you create, but to actually help give something back by converting existing carbon dioxide into oxygen again and by helping the local ecosystem by creating habitats and food. If your garden is currently left to rot, or if it’s covered in decking or stone, then getting some landscaping done and creating a genuinely attractive and fully organic garden is one of the best things you can do to make your home more eco-friendly.
About the author: Paul Harris is a civil engineer and an avid blogger who writes interesting articles on home improvement and renovation in his blogs which are published in www.east2westreblocking.com.au