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Guide to Making Your Home More Sustainable

Home More Sustainable

With the UK government’s latest update on climate change, it is becoming increasingly urgent to reduce the causes, such as the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

You may think there is little you can do to affect climate change, but you can have an impact by making your home more sustainable.

Check out our guide below to show you some simple changes you can make to help protect the future of our planet.

What can I do to make my home more sustainable?

Here are some simple changes you can make to help with climate change.

Change to Energy-Efficient Windows.

Old windows can lack energy efficiency and will result in you using more energy to heat your home.

New double or triple-glazed windows are designed to provide excellent thermal efficiency, reducing heat loss in the winter. As well as reducing your carbon footprint, you will save money on your heating bills.

Look out for A-rated windows as the most sustainable choice. At Colne Valley Windows, we use high-quality uPVC windows by Rehau.

Change Your Doors

External doors are often a source of heat loss. Poorly fitted doors or damaged seals allow draughts in and heat to escape.

New composite doors, like our Solidor doors, are much better insulated with A-rated energy efficiency. You can also opt for uPVC doors with double-glazed glass to the same standard as windows.

Not only will you feel like an eco-warrior, but your energy bills will reduce, and your home will be more comfortable and have kerb appeal.

Choose a New Conservatory Roof

Old conservatory roofs, especially polycarbonate ones, are notoriously poor insulators. You will lose a great deal of heat in the winter, and the room may be unbearably hot in the summer.

You can swap your glass or polycarbonate roof for a new material that improves insulation. New lightweight specialist tiles conform to building regulations and provide superb insulation.

As well as saving energy in winter, you will have a room that is cooler in summer and comfortable to use all year round.

Install Solar Panels

What could be more sustainable than ensuring you get your energy from a sustainable source? Installing solar panels on your roof could reduce your carbon footprint by up to 80%.

The electricity you produce from the panels will offset the initial installation cost. You may even be able to sell some back to the national grid.

Buy LED Light Bulbs

LED bulbs have changed the way we light our homes. Compared to traditional halogen bulbs, they use up to 80% less energy and with far less wastage as only 5% of their energy is lost as heat.

The great thing about swapping to LED bulbs is that they have a much longer lifespan, meaning you will ultimately spend less on replacements and waste less time changing bulbs.

Saving Money By Being Sustainable

The great news about making homes more sustainable is that the original cost is often offset by reduced energy usage.

Why not contact us at Colne Valley Windows to find out how we can help you be more sustainable with new windows or doors?

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