With climate change and sustainability at the forefront of many people’s minds homeowners are looking to see how they can prepare their homes and lives for climate change. Data from Bidwell’s has shown over 120,000 people are discussing sustainable living online and over 290,000 people are asking “how to prepare your home for climate change”.
People are clearly searching for ways they can better prepare their lives against climate change and instead make a transition to a more sustainable lifestyle. On average we spend more than 50% of our waking lives at home so it only makes sense to start there. Bidwell’s offers their advice on making your home more sustainable and weigh in on the added perk of adding value to your house at the same time.
Five ways to become more sustainable at home:
Invest in energy efficient devices
Opting to install smart devices can not only help you reduce energy but can also help reduce your energy bill each month. Installing smart heating, smart meters, smart lighting and smart power allows you to limit the amount of energy your home is constantly using and allows provides insight into your energy consumption patterns. This can be beneficial long term as you opt to make more changes down the line.
Switch to renewable forms of energy such as solar power and air source heat pumps
Thermal sources of energy are dependent on fossil fuels like coal. This damages the environment, as well as leads to high energy bills. By shifting to renewable sources of energy like the sun, you can reduce your bills, generate electricity for your home, and contribute to the environment responsibly. By installing an air source heat pump you can save hundreds of pounds on your heating bill as well as 2.5 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Look at your wall, floor and loft insulation
A simple solution to needing to reduce the amount of energy your household consumes is to ensure your insulation is top notch. Installing dual paned windows and insulation throughout will hold heat in during the cold months and help regulate temperature during the warmer months. Thus, saving you on your energy bill while simultaneously reducing your energy consumption.
Watch your water consumption
Simple things like turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and washing dishes can make all the difference. You may think it’s a small thing but it adds up to litres of water each day.
Buy secondhand when possible
Why not check charity shops, online market places and local car boot sales for new to you home décor and furniture? It is a great way to save some money, but also helps reduce your carbon footprint by reducing waste.