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7 ways to enhance your property’s green credentials

By Sophia Wood-Burgess

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Adopting more sustainable practices are a win for the planet and your wallet.

It's Energy Saving Week in the UK this week, something that's surely on all our minds this year. Here are seven things you can do to can reduce emissions and save energy around the home.

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We have all become used to recycling, minimising waste and turning off the lights when we leave a room. However, there is much more than can be done, especially with regard to homes.

Research has found that going green can increase a property’s value by as much as 5%, and can reduce utility bill costs significantly, so not only does being more sustainable benefit the environment, but it can also be advantageous to homeowners looking to sell at some point in the future.

There are many ways to make your property more eco-friendly, but in this blog article, we will look at 7 of the most effective ways of enhancing your property’s green credentials.

1. Install a smart meter

Smart meters are a fantastic way of minimising wasted heat. They can be programmed to come on at specific times of the day, regardless of whether you are at home or not, which can massively reduce your carbon footprint while also ensuring the property is warm when it matters. Some can also be managed remotely, so if the day is especially hot or cold, the timings can be altered.

2. Use energy efficient light bulbs

Energy efficient light bulbs used to have a pretty poor reputation, but in recent years the technology has improved dramatically. Of course, they still provide a benefit for the environment. However, now there’s a second reason to go green with your lighting – energy efficient light bulbs last a much longer time than regular ones, so you won’t have to go out and buy them nearly as often.

3. Get solar panels

Installing solar panels on your property is a long-term investment because the initial cost is quite expensive. However, over the years, they could end up saving you more on bills than the initial outlay, while reducing your property’s dependence on energy from fossil fuels.

4. Invest in double (or triple) glazing

This is another option that will require a significant financial outlay, but double and triple glazing can ensure heat isn’t wasted, which will play a role in cutting the cost of bills. Research has found that triple glazing can cut annual heating costs in half, so the improvement is liable to be significant.

5. Insulate your home

Effectively insulating a property could slash heating costs dramatically. There are numerous ways to insulate your home, from hanging heavy curtains to sealing doorways, insulating lofts and attics to sealing cracks. Think about the options that are most suitable for you and your property, and potentially even hire an expert to assess your home to see where improvements should be made.

6. Use environmentally-friendly paint

This is very easily overlooked, but your choice of paint can be important. If you’re thinking about a new colour, why not look at zero-VOC paint? It has been shown to improve a property’s air quality, reduce the concentration of contaminants that enter the ozone layer, and have a much more subtle odour.

7. Use a heat pump

Heat pumps are designed to warm – and sometimes cool – buildings. They are designed to use minimal energy, and are often seen as an alternative to a traditional boiler. Some research suggests that a heat pump can produce around three-quarters of the heat a property needs. They require very little maintenance, reduce carbon emissions and can operate effectively for decades, so they are definitely an option to carefully consider.

Did all that? Do this next.

If you’ve recently done anything to make your home more energy efficient, why not see how your hard work paid off? Our valuations are a great way to build a plan around your investment into your home, because you can see how much the property is currently worth and decide if/when to put it on the market. Take a look at our online and in-person valuations and request one today.

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