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Over the last few decades, green homes have come a long way. Building an eco-friendly home is no longer something off-the-wall artists do on TV programmes like Grand Designs, it’s something everyday people are doing – and it’s going to grow even greener.
A recent survey has revealed that green home building continues to increase in popularity, with a third of builders surveyed suggesting green building accounts for over 60 percent of their portfolio.
This is great news for builders who are looking to expand into this market, and for online estate agents who are constantly looking for distinguished, in-demand properties to sell.
But how can we continue to make our homes greener and minimise their impact on the environment?
Regardless of how ‘green’ a large home is, it’s still going to have more of an environmental impact than a small eco-friendly, energy-efficient one. This doesn’t mean you need to build a humble abode instead of your dream property, but it should encourage you to think about how you’re using space.
Design a home that fits in with your lifestyle, keeping the space cost-effective and manageable.
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Create a Cool Roof
Your home’s energy efficiency can be dramatically impacted by the material you use on your roof. Why not consider a material that reflects the energy of the sun away, retains less heat and cools quickly at night? This will help reduce your energy usage and costs related to heat.
Some of the building materials with these benefits include metal roofing, white tiles, terracotta and slate. You can also get roof tiles made out of recycled car tyres. Even though these materials may come with a bigger outlay, you should recoup the costs in the energy you save and the longevity of the product.
Opt for Solar
Even though there’s a whole host of renewable energy sources available, solar remains one of the most popular and cost-effective available. With a number of tax breaks, grants and government schemes available, you can often save a lot of money on your initial investment. And, over time, you could even make money from the energy you generate through your solar panels – selling anything you don’t need back to the grid.
Track your Energy Consumption Using Smart Meters
This is something that you can do once your eco-home is built. There is a huge range of different smart meters these days that can track your energy usage in your home. By 2020 every home in Britain will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier.
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Two of the main benefits of having a smart meter installed in your home is a better understanding of your energy usage and more accurate energy bills.
When we first had energy monitors installed in our home I was completely shocked at how much our electrical items were costing us. I discovered that as a household we were spending £88 per year on electricity just by having everything on standby!
There are so many smart building options and green products available that won’t just decrease the impact your property has on the environment but will increase your home’s value, too. In fact, as the market continues to evolve you’ll find ‘green homes’ listed alongside ‘high-performance homes’ to demonstrate just how cost-effective and efficient these properties are.