As our awareness of the impact we are having on our planet increases with each day, more and more people are taking steps to make their homes more environmentally friendly. Whether you’re looking to go green to do your bit for the environment or you’re looking to save money and want to reduce your energy usage, there are a number of changes that you can make to your home to make it eco-friendly. Making positive changes to protect our planet is extremely important; if you’d like to take steps to make your home more energy-efficient, we’ve got you covered. Read on for more.
Install a smart meter
Your heating is one of the biggest ways that you use energy – and, with winter just around the corner, you’re likely going to be using your heating more than any other time of the year. Constantly heating up your home uses a lot of energy and can lead to costly energy bills. One way to combat this is to get a smart meter installed. A smart meter is a small digital device that provides homeowners with a clear and accurate energy reading and gives you complete control over the gas and electricity in your home and how it’s used.
A smart meter can help reduce your carbon footprint as well as saving you money, ensuring that you only receive accurate bills that reflect your energy usage. By saving energy, your bills will be lighter on your wallet and you’re doing your bit for the planet.
Insulate your home
The chances are, you’re probably using a lot more energy and therefore spending a lot more money if your home isn’t properly insulated. Did you know that most of the heat in a property escapes through the walls and roof? The best way to improve your home’s energy efficiency status is to inspect your roof, walls and flooring.
Good insulation helps to retain heat in your home and keep out cold air. This means that you won’t have to use unnecessary energy or spend more money constantly reheating your home because cold air has escaped. Simply laying down thick rugs and investing in thermal curtains that keep cold air out can make a difference, however, to really improve the energy-efficiency of your home, your roof and walls should be correctly insulated.
Upgrade your windows
With the above in mind, upgrading to double glazed windows is also a great way to conserve energy and retain heat within your home. Double glazed windows provide a thicker insulation for your home, meaning that you won’t have to crank up your heating system as high. With up to 70% of heat in the home being lost through single glazed windows, upgrading to double glazing is a clear and easy decision if you’re serious about saving both money and energy.
Plus, double glazed windows can add value to your property while also reducing noise pollution and condensation too. This makes them a fantastic investment in any eco-friendly home.
Install solar panels
No eco home is complete without solar panels. Solar panels are a fantastic long-term investment and provide you with clean electricity. It’s likely that your electricity bills make up a fair portion of your monthly expenses, and going solar can drastically reduce your energy bills. To put it simply, using a solar panel to generate your electricity (or most of it) makes your household a self-sufficient one, meaning that you do not rely on the utility grid for your energy.
Going solar is a great way to reduce your carbon emissions and protect the environment while saving you money. Solar panels are extremely environmentally friendly as they use only the natural renewable energy of the sun to generate electricity, rather than non-renewable fossil fuels like coal and oil. Solar does not produce carbon dioxide, greenhouse gasses and other harmful pollutants.
Invest in energy efficient light bulbs
Energy efficient light bulbs last longer, shine brighter and use less energy than traditional bulbs. Energy saving light bulbs can last up to 12 times longer than traditional bulbs, and use less electricity, making them the environmentally friendly option. Replacing the light bulbs around your home with energy efficient ones will help to reduce the carbon footprint of your home.
Many people think that energy saving light bulbs produce a harsh and ultra-bright light but today, this is not the case. There are a wide range of different energy efficient bulbs to choose from, including warm and cosy white light bulbs that allow you to create a beautiful setting in your home while saving energy.
Use eco-friendly cleaning products
Household cleaning products that we often stock up on in the supermarkets are usually full of nasty gases and chemicals which are harmful to our planet and the environment. Making the effort to ditch all of your regular household cleaning products and instead buying from eco-friendly brands and businesses can make a huge difference and help you do your bit for the environment.
Air fresheners and aerosols are particularly harmful to our environment, so it’s worth getting rid of these and replacing them with eco-friendly alternatives, such as a natural spray. This means that all of your house cleans will be toxin and chemical free.
You may already be aware of the benefits of recycling, but a guide to going eco-friendly wouldn’t be complete without touching on the subject. There is no excuse for any household not to recycle – particularly as around 75% of our waste is recyclable. To put it simply, recycling saves energy as it means that manufacturers do not need to produce brand new products from raw natural resources. It saves on energy consumption and prevents items from ending up in landfill, while also reducing water pollution and helping to tackle global warming.
Add eco-friendly wall coatings
Adding external wall insulation to your property helps to shield your property from the effects of damp, snow and rain, as well as covering up any cracks and imperfections throughout the exterior of your home. There are lots of eco-friendly wall coating options that waterproof your home both inside and out. Wall coatings can make your home more energy efficient, offering thermal qualities and helping to retain heat within your home.
Kingdom Roof and Wall Coatings: your reliable wall coating company in Scotland
Here at Kingdom Roof and Wall Coatings, we are passionate about the environment. If you’re looking for a company to provide eco wall coatings for your property, you needn’t look further than us. Our experienced and professional team are dedicated to helping your home look its best with our energy efficient roof and waterproof wall coverings, available across Scotland. While most coatings dry from the inside out, our coating at Kingdom Coatings dries from the outside in, hence penetrating 17mm into the substrate which makes the coating more energy efficient.
Our wall coatings are designed to provide the highest levels of protection possible, preventing water from penetrating the bricks in your walls and protecting both the exterior and interior of your property. If you’d like to protect your property from the elements while improving energy efficiency, we have a range of different treatment options available, from textured wall coatings to exterior wall insulation.
Applying an eco wall coating to your property can improve the energy efficiency of your home while making it stand out above the rest. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to protecting your property from the elements, do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our professionals today to discuss your options. For more information about our services, including roof coatings, visit our website.