As energy bills continue to soar, more and more homeowners are focusing their attention on increasing the sustainability of their homes, not just for the planet but for their pockets too. In this blog we discuss ways to make your home more sustainable, reap the benefits, and create an eco-friendly home.
With energy bills soaring, now more than ever home owners are looking at the energy efficiency of their homes to save money wherever possible, with the typical home losing up to 40% of its heat due to lack of insulation and a further 10% lost through windows. Upgrading your windows and installing high-efficiency insulation will ensure your home remains cooler in summer and warmer during the winter months, allowing you to save energy and reduce your energy bills.
Upcycling is a trend that has been around for many years but, more recently people are upcycling products and materials in all expects of their homes. From ex-display kitchens to adding new handles to a set of draws you purchased on eBay, upcycling is an easy way to save money on products you require for your home but also ensures that second-hand products don’t go to landfill so you are doing your bit towards creating a more sustainable world. Additionally, programmes such as ‘Money for nothing’ can help to reduce people’s perception that they must buy new products and shows what other purposes second-hand furniture and items can have.
Utilising your home's natural lighting is a simple way to make it more sustainable – the more natural lighting your home receives, the less artificial lighting you will use, therefore, reducing your energy bills but also energy usage. In our previous blogs, we have discussed different ways you can implement this in your home, including room windows, bifold doors, and much more. Similarly, this method not only helps to conserve energy, but also creates a healthier, more inviting home and increases your home’s resale potential. Where you do need to include artificial lighting, energy efficient bulbs have come a long way, and can look stylish - you can even get colour-changing ones to create different atomospheres.
Solar panels are also on the rise in home design as energy bills continue to soar. Homeowners are exploring investments that will help keep energy bills low in the long term but also more self-sustaining. Whilst solar panels may be expensive in the short-term, the savings they create in the long-term are massive and can also provide income for unused energy. As they are also renewable, they make your home more environmentally friendly.
At Arc Design Services, we specialise in architectural design, dedicated to offering a fresh and exciting approach to every project. With this in mind, Arc Design Services could help you incorporate sustainability into your existing home, renovation, or extension project allowing you to seamlessly save money and save the environment. Contact our experts today at Arc Design Services at www.arcdesignservices.net or call 0161 928 4433.