Greener Homes – Eco Tips

Eco top tips for a greener homes and a quicker house sale ………

Following some of these tips will not only make your home warmer and more comfortable but will also help it selll and possibly increase the price.

Insulation Believe it or not, insulating your home is one of the most eco effective things you can do. Almost half of all geat loss in the home is through the walls. Self builders and renovators can save uo to £145 a year on energy bills with effective wall, roof and floor insulation.

Biomass Using biomass fuel can be cheaper than using oil. A standalone stive can cost around £5800 and fuel can cost as little as£35 per tonne of logs bought locally.

Eco lighting Energy saving light bulbs can last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs. They cost as little as £3 and can save you upto £40 per year

Boilers Installing the right boiler will make significant savings and the Energy Saving Trust estimates this to be upto £200 a year for the equivalent of 1.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Prices start from around £400 for a condensing boiler (not including insulation) and self builders can choose from gas, electric or oil-fired

Secondary Glazing Installing a secondary glazing system which can be fitted easily to the window frame is a great way to keep energy from escaping your home. A whole house costs as little as £700 with savings or around 40 per cent to your energy bill each year.

Underfloor heating Running costs for underfloor heating tend to be between 10 and 30 per cent cheaper than a radiator based system. The reason being, the emitter (the floor) has a larger surface area than the standard radiator and it requies the water to be heated to a lower temperature.

For a greener approach to building, the Eco home Show at The National homebuilding and Renovating Show has hundreds of the latest eco-friendly products and developments