Saving the planet from your lazy sofa, it is possible… Nowadays, there are a lot of sustainable building solutions available on the market, to turn your house into an eco-house without giving in on comfort. Here are a few options.
Rule n°1: insulate
The first step to turning your home into an eco-house is good insulation. It can save up to half of your energy costs. Choose suitable materials and make sure they are correctly applied. Leaks in the corners of your rooms might cause moisture and mold to appear. Also make sure you insulate the duct work in spaces you don’t heat, to minimise energy losses. Mind that a good insulated home needs good ventilation as well.
A heat pump extracts heat from the air
A heat pump makes use of sustainable energy: it is able to extract heat from the air or the ground, and ‘pump’ it inside your home. As the heat does not have to be produced, only transferred, a heat pump is a very efficient system to heat your eco-house.
Solar panels use free sunlight
Solar energy is by far the most sustainable manner to provide heating for your home: sunlight is for free, so you don’t have to bother about high energy prices. But the conditions for the solar panels must be right. In the most ideal case, you install them on a sunny roof directed southwards.
Turn your home into a smart eco-house
When you install a new heating system in your home, make sure you can monitor the temperature in every space separately, so you do not have to heat up spaces where you do not come so often. There are a lot of systems on the market that measure your energy consumption per device and make you able to control your energy use from a distance.
Investment in sustainable building solutions is rather high. But in the long term, these solutions will save you a lot of money on your energy bills. Do check whether the government offers subsidies to lower the investment.