Sustainability is a hot trending topic for 2023 and everyone is becoming increasingly aware of the choices they are making day-to-day to become more sustainable and reduce energy consumption. There may be ways of making your home more sustainable that you hadn’t considered before so we are going to share the various ways you can make the environmentally positive changes, from simple methods to sustainable purchases.
Improve Home Insulation
Did you know that replacing single glazed windows with double glazed increases the energy efficiency of your home? By keeping the heat inside and preventing drought, double glazed windows are both a cost-effective and sustainable solution to keeping heat inside, as well as reducing the outside noise. You should also consider getting your windows and door seals checked regularly to ensure no draft is being let into your home.
Following on from this, it is important that you invest in loft insulation to prevent excess draft coming into your home, as well as keep the existing heat in. Approximately 25% of the heat from your boiler will be lost by escaping through the roof of your home (homelogic.co.uk) so it is essential to have good insulation in place for the house to retain warmth, and in-turn be more sustainable.
House plants have several benefits for your home, including improving air quality whilst making a room look bright and fresh. In addition to house plants, if you are lucky enough to have a garden, use it to plant some fruits and vegetables to harvest at your own home. By doing so, you reduce the need to go to the supermarket as often, saving money, and by adding more plants in your garden you can also encourage more insects to pollinate, also helping the planet.
When buying appliances, ensure that you are choosing ones that are energy efficient, to both save energy and money on your electricity bill. Most appliances have energy labels which direct users on how much energy it uses, these range from A+++ to G with A+++ being the most efficient.
Did you know that leaving appliances on standby rather than switching off at the plug could also be using unnecessary energy? Many appliances still use a low level of electricity even when on standby, so a sustainable move would be to start turning these off by the switch when not in use.
Sustainably Sourced Kitchens
When deciding on a kitchen for your home, there are a number of choices that can be made to ensure that it is more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Firstly, you can choose kitchen worktops that are made out of environmentally sourced materials such as eco-concrete or recycled glass. Furthermore, you could look into having flooring made out of renewable materials such as bamboo.
If removing an old kitchen, why not sell or donate your existing kitchen to ensure that no unwanted materials are getting put into landfill?
One of the best ways to make your home more sustainable is to implement solar panels, harnessing energy from the sun which helps to power your home. Moreover, you can store energy when it is not being used, being more cost-effective whilst also working with nature.
It is important however to be mindful of planning permission when opting for solar panelling as it is sometimes required, as well as the overall positioning of your house to ensure that it is going to be effective.
At All Done Design we are strongly committed to making more sustainable choices and can help our clients to do the same when helping to design their dream home.
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