We are always trying to lessen our impact on the environment as a family, partly because it’s a good thing to do for the planet and our son’s future, but often it saves us money as well. We already recycle as much as possible (our council has a really good system in place) and we have a garden composter which deals with all our food waste. There’s plenty more you can do though to cut your homes carbon footprint and I’ve been considering getting a bit greener.
One of our next plans for the garden is installing some rainwater collection butts. Hopefully, this will save us a little money as we are on a water meter and it will certainly make us feel a little greener when we’re watering the tomatoes.
Our home is already double glazed, but one or two of the panels have faulty seals and need replacing. Now we could replace them with double glazing, but triple glazing provides better insulation and would help the house feel warmer particularly for north facing rooms. As we redecorate each room of our home, we are upgrading the curtains and blinds too, chosing heavier fabrics to keep our precious heat in.
Solar panels really appeal, but to date we haven’t yet taken the plunge. It’s a great way to get some serious savings on the electricity bill. I love the idea of using heat from the outside air and you can do this with an air-source heat pump. This clever device absorbs heat from the outside air and pumps it to the inside of your home. By doing this it can provide heat to radiators, underfloor heating and hot water. They are expensive to buy though, but you can get some very sizeable reductions on your heating costs.