When asked if you can make your house ecofriendly, without considering much the answer is, yes, you can. You have to take a lot of things into consideration though, and the cost of converting an already built house to an ecofriendly one is one of them. Some of the changes are easier than and not as expensive as the others. Further, a lot of these changes can be taken care of easily if you thought about them before you began the construction of the house. If you are looking at major changes to the electricals of space, ensure you consider speaking to architect or design consultant. Changing all your lights to LEDs is relatively simple as opposed to getting a green roof or solar panels on your roof and having everything re piped to accommodate the new water heater.
Here are some relatively simple idea to help you reduce carbon foot print.
Glazing is the idea where you add layers of glass a top each other instead of a roof. Most people use single or double glazing which is fine, but you would have to invest in redoing it, and it would just be smarter to think about that investment in the beginning and get a triple glazing done to begin with. Yes again, this cost more than double glazing but the returns are definitely worth it, where you would save on your energy bills and you would not have to replace it as often since you have the protection of an additional layer
Getting better ventilation and heating
Radiators are out of date in this day and age and they consume too much energy. A better and efficient way of getting your house heated is to use the underfloor heating. You would notice that this saves you a lot more money on your energy bills.
There are ways to use the heat and stale air that is leaving your house to heat the cool air that is coming into your house so again you would not end up spending money to heat air that is leaving your house.
Cover all your gaps
It is interesting that we have so many gaps throughout the house to help circulate the air but surprisingly you are paying to heat this air and after spending all that money losing it. This is an issue and you should try insulating the gaps and there are many creative ways of doing this. You can do this using a lot of creative tactics, like ferns, plants and so on.
A lot of the heat is absorbed through our walls and escapes, if you want to prevent this from happening, you should try insulating the exterior walls of you house.
Try the new in thing in lights
LED lights are the new thing in lights and can help you save so much on lighting. The lights in general cost a lot more than your ordinary lights, but they last longer and save on your electricity bill. Further, you would not need to replace your LED for about a decade, that doesn’t just save on the wastage but also on your time and energy as well.
Solar energy you say
If you are located in an area that receives a lot of sunlight, this is the thing for you. You should install solar panels to the south facing roof and this can help you save tons on water heaters and your energy bill. They have to be at an angle so would need to have a sloping roof, or would have to place them on stands.
Use contemporary materials
Depending on where you stay, you need a roof that either gives out or traps heat, tiles are made for a lot of air to pass through and this means you would lose a lot of heat through this. If you are paying for your heat, it means you are paying for something that is escaping. If you need to trap heat in, you should try something like asbestos sheets for your roof over tiles and these keep the heat in the house.
Adding a garden on your roof
Yes, this is something that is done as well, it’s a brave new world. You can explore your creative side in designing this space to bring it to life, a cozy little space to call your own.Instead of adding tiles to your roof, you can add something that works a little better, creating a roof of plants. Depending on your budget, you can go for something that you would barely need to inspect, or something that would last. You can do this by creating a sloping roof, and adding plants on it. .This would prevent any heat from escaping from the roof, and it looks just lovely. You would have to inspect it though, to make sure it isn’t leaking, otherwise you would have all that water in your house. This also prevents water running down when it rains and would work well for you and maintain your garden without much effort from your end.