More than ever, people are taking note of the impact of their choices on the environment. A recent survey showed that this extends to home purchases, with some UK buyers willing to pay at least 6% more for properties that help them on their quest to 'go green'. This makes economic as well as environmental sense considering the long-term cost savings of energy-efficient houses. It also makes eco-friendly renovations worthwhile and can help give you the edge when selling up. Read on for our top tips for a greener home.
Reduce your water consumption
Insulate your home
You will reduce unnecessary energy consumption by ensuring your property is well insulated. Double glazing lowers heat loss and provides the added benefit of reduced noise in your home. Wood-framed windows are the most eco-friendly, as they provide better insulation and avoid the toxic compounds emitted by commonly-used UPVC materials. Other key areas that benefit from insulation are your loft and cavity walls.
Heat your home efficiently
A well-maintained boiler is a key energy-saver, and underfloor heating is another efficient option. Bathrooms are particularly well-suited to underfloor heating – and it’s a great selling point to highlight to buyers.
Install solar panels
If you want to go the extra mile, solar panels are sure to make your home stand out from the crowd. As well as powering much of your home with eco-friendly energy, any electricity you don't use can be sold off to the National Grid.
Get proof of your investments
When you have finished with your improvements, make sure you get an updated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). You can further reduce your rating by lowering thermostats in advance, using energy-efficient bulbs and generally monitoring your energy consumption. This will provide you with the lowest possible rating to present to potential buyers.