9 ways to make your house more eco-friendly and reduce your carbon footprint

With an estimated 40% of UK emissions coming from households, there’s no better place to start getting sustainable than at home. There are a myriad of ways to make your project more eco-friendly, many of which will also save money in the long-term through energy-efficiency. Given the dramatic rise in inflation, the cost of living crisis has never been more pertinent, needless to say we’re confident the following points will prove relevant when building your development.

Tips to keep homes sustainable for people and the planet:
  1. Use sustainable materials

Using renewable or recycled materials will help to make your house more eco-friendly from the start of the project. Additionally, using materials which are sourced from the local area will go a long way to reduce your carbon footprint throughout the building process.
  1. Unlock builders’ expertise

Try to choose building professionals with prior experience in constructing more environmentally conscious housing. They will have a wealth of knowledge, ideas and advice on how to modify your build or renovation to be as sustainable as possible.
  1. Correct insulation

It is essential to ensure that the house is properly insulated, and that there are no gaps in the insulation, to avoid unnecessary heat loss. Making sure that the house is air-sealed will help to keep the heating bills down, whilst reducing the carbon footprint of the property.
  1. Double glazing

It is a great idea to install double, or even triple, glazing to avoid losing heat and energy unnecessarily through the windows.
  1. Optimise house orientation

If you have a North-South facing lot, this could mean putting more windows on the South-facing side of the property to profit from the warmth of the sun throughout the day, reducing the amount of heat energy required to heat up the house.
  1. Install solar panels

First you will need to check if your roof is suitable for solar panels, which depends on various factors, including how much sunlight it gets in a day. If your roof is approved, it would be a good idea to look into installing solar panels for your power, or solar thermal panels for your heating, to harness the natural power of the sun.
  1. Switch to energy-efficient lighting

Energy-saving lightbulbs will not only help you to reduce your carbon footprint at home, but they can also last much longer than traditional lightbulbs. This will save you money in the future, as they will need to be replaced less frequently.
  1. Efficient household appliances

The house will be much more eco-friendly, and the energy bills will be much lower, if you make sure that your household appliances (including fridges, washing machines and kettles) are energy- and water-efficient as appropriate.
Appliances will have an energy efficiency rating from A (which is the most efficient, and the best choice to make your house more eco-friendly) to G (the least efficient, and the worst for your carbon footprint).
  1. Prioritise electric vehicles

Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are becoming an increasingly popular choice.  Installing charging facilities and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), or creating space for future installations, will better prepare a house and its inhabitants to be more eco-friendly in the long-term.

Begin your journey

At RQ Capital, we love working on property developments that enable low-emission living for a brighter future.
Get in touch today to discuss how we can work together and bring your development to life.
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