What Makes Our Homes Energy Efficient?
Earlier this week, Barclay’s announced that it will be launching the UK’s first ever green mortgage for those who buy energy efficient homes. But what exactly is an energy efficient home?
An Allanwater Home is built with all the latest energy efficient and eco-friendly materials that reduce CO2 emissions and running costs from the foundations of the house all the way to the upper-most tiles on the roof.
However, there are several other things you could be doing to make your home even more energy efficient such as:
- Take showers instead of baths and limit your shower time.
- Keep windows closed during Winter and hang heavy curtains to keep the heat in.
- Use energy saving lightbulbs and remember to switch lights off when you’re not in the room.
- Wash your clothes using a cold water setting and air dry instead of using the dryer.
- Use re-chargeable batteries instead of disposable ones. They may not use up as much energy as some other appliances, but it will help you reduce waste!
- Unplug any devices that are not being used – like your phone charger or TV.
- Turn off the 4G on your phone and dim the light if you can to save the battery – this will then save you from re-charging your phone as much as you used to.
- Walk or use public transport where you can instead of driving. You could even think about car sharing for your daily commute!
- Consider installing solar panels on the roof.
- Plant more trees – not only will you be giving back to the environment, if you plant it in the right place, the foliage could provide shade in the Summer.
Even if you only make a habit of one or two of these energy saving tips, they are sure to make a big difference! Being energy efficient won’t just save you money on energy bills but you’ll also be saving the environment. The more energy efficient your home is, the more energy you’ll conserve. If you would like to know more about how energy efficient our properties are, contact our Sales Advisors who will be happy to have a chat with you.