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Making your home more eco-friendly: the short story

There is a huge focus at the moment on going green. It doesn’t seem to matter where you live, work or socialise, there is something going on to try and encourage you to become more eco-friendly in everything you do.

There couldn’t be a better time to save money on eco-friendly home improvements than right now. The government’s Green Homes Grant – a new voucher scheme to help 650,000 homes in England become more energy-efficient – will mean you can save money on the costs of the improvements, and on the costs of energy bills, and help the planet.

Here in the UK, many of the major energy providers have put up their prices for gas and electricity substantially in recent years, leading many families into fuel poverty. While this situation is obviously far from ideal for many, it can be offset by an improvement in eco-friendliness. Put it like this, if you manage to run your home with less power then you should notice the difference on your invoices, even if each unit is costing more.

So, the million-dollar question is, what exactly can you do, as a humble homeowner, to help save the world by making your property greener?

Well, the good news is there are plenty of options open to you. Perhaps the simplest – and one of the most effective – is to have insulation added to your building. It might only be a relatively straightforward home improvement when carried out by a local tradesman, but it can make a huge difference.

There are two types of insulation on offer – cavity wall and loft. Each sees specialist material pumped into your cavity walls or attic areas, which then helps to keep the heat you have generated in your home. Rather than constantly paying for new heat to be blasted in through your radiators, what you do have should start to go a lot further and you will find you don’t need to turn the thermostat up quite as often.

Another option is to have solar panels installed. While this might seem like a tricky prospect, it’s effectively a way for you to create your own energy, reducing your reliance on those ever-more expensive fuel providers. You might need a specialist to fit the panels, but once they are in you will notice the savings immediately. What’s more, you even have the possibility of being able to sell excess energy to the National Grid.

To make this work, all you need is a building that has a spot where solar panels can be fitted and work effectively.

There are plenty of steps you can take to make your home a leader in the new green world, so don’t sit back and do nothing when there are environmental and financial benefits out there to be had.

For more ideas, we have 8 ideas to improve your home using the Green Homes Grant.

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