How To Make Your Home More Sustainable

Kelsey W. Popham
10 ways to make your home more sustainable | FMB, Federation of Master  Builders

One of the best ways to save money and the planet is to make your home more sustainable. There are many benefits to making your home more sustainable – from the initial investment, you could save thousands making your home energy-efficient. There are many ways you can improve your home’s sustainability without breaking the bank – and even if they are expensive, you could make a lot of your money back. Here are 4 key ways you can make your home more sustainable and green!

Reduce Your Energy Use 

One of the most important parts of green training to make your home more sustainable is simply monitoring your energy use – and it doesn’t cost anything at all. By simply putting your appliances and lighting on timers, switching things off standby overnight, and monitoring your energy use with a smart meter are all fantastic ways you can make your home more sustainable. Often, you can get timers and smart meters for free from your energy company, so make sure that you’re aware of this. Simply being aware of your energy use is one of the best things you can do to make your home green. 

Install Solar Panels 

One of the best things you can do to make your home green is to look into installing solar panels into your home. Renewable energy is the final frontier of sustainability, and will allow us to stop using fossil fuels which harm the environment – and what’s more, you could receive funding from the local authority to have them installed in your home. There are pockets of funding allowing homeowners to receive funding to be able to have solar panelling installed, so make sure to check your local authority before paying for them yourself. Make sure that any installers have their CSCS cards, so you can be certain they are fully-trained.  

Invest In Great Soft Furnishings 

Making your home look extra stylish could have a dual purpose – making your home sustainable. Including thick, good quality soft furnishings in your home, such as your curtains, carpets and furniture could improve your home’s energy-efficiency. How? Adding extra insulation through your soft furnishings could help your home retain heat, meaning that it takes less energy to keep it warm. Choosing high quality soft furnishings could save you money on your energy bills as well as make your home extra stylish – what’s not to love? 

Get Your Home Retrofitted 

Retrofitting will become one of the most important parts of sustainability in the private homes sector over the next couple of years. Retrofitting aims to make older homes more energy efficient by adding internal and external insulation to help homes retain heat, meaning that it will use less energy. Retrofitting work will become really important over the next decade, as retrofitting homes is essential if countries want to reach their net zero goals set forth at the Paris Climate Agreement. If you want to invest in retrofit for your house, make sure that your contractors have full retrofit training, so you can be sure the work is done well.

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