Recently, we went to meet a MyBuilder tradesman in Oxfordshire building a stunning home extension from straw bales. Natural materials and careful craftsmanship were being skilfully combined to build something useful, beautiful and eco-friendly.
While building out of straw may not be the most practical route for everyone, there are plenty of things you can start doing to help make your home more green. Here are some steps you can take to cut your carbon footprint.
Insulate Your Home
One of the biggest steps you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to make sure it is properly insulated. Both loft insulation and cavity wall insulation can help reduce the amount of heat wasted, especially in older homes. Find an insulation installer
Fit Double Glazing
Double glazing doesn’t have to mean typical white plastic frames - modern windows can be both stylish and efficient, keeping the heat in, cutting bills, and making your home greener. Find a window fitter
Upgrade Your Boiler
Efficiency is the name of the game, so installing a modern condensing boiler is a great way to invest in improving your home's energy usage. Find a gas engineer
Install a Water Saving Shower
While lots of us are good at turning off the tap when we brush our teeth, we can all be guilty of spending too long in the shower. Modern showers can reduce the water used, without cutting the flow to a dribble. Find a plumber
Use Eco-friendly Paint
Many traditional paints can cause environmental damage in their production. Eco-paints are often plant-based, using naturally occurring solvents, and are catching up with traditional paints in terms of price and effectiveness. Find a painter and decorator
If you have any more ideas for kick starting a green transformation in your home, get in touch with a tradesman today.