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10 Ways to a Greener Home in Ireland

10 Ways to a Greener Home in Ireland

The Windows

Double-glazed windows has been proved to save around 20% off your annual heating bills. However, make sure your house has a decent ventilation system before replacing windows. It is better to use double-glazed windows with wooden frames. They are a bit more expensive but well worth the price.

Use the candle test to find drafts in your home. Shut all the windows and doors then put a candle on the floor and watch the flame. The  flickering candle means you are probably letting heat out and therefore wasting energy and hence money.

The Light Bulb

By simply changing the light bulbs we use in our homes can be a the major step in the green direction. Incandescent light bulbs are bad for the environment and wasteful but compact fluorescents (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) do not. They last longer, their production emits alot less carbon into the atmosphere which effectively reduces pollution as a result.You could also explore the possibility of solar lighting for outdoor lights if you really want to use sustainable sources of energy.Make sure to recycle the incandescent lightbulbs that are replaced or stashed away.

Control The Temperature with the Help of Plants

Did you know that you can naturally control the temperature in your home without using any heating or air conditioning units? Many homeowners do not realize it but planting trees strategically around your home can provide shade in summer and protection from wind chill in the winter. Not only would it save you money in terms of your energy bills but it would also help to reduce your carbon footprint.

Finish your attic

This shouldn’t be anything elaborate.  Insulate the attic can save massively on heat loss,You could just insulate the attic or if you require extra space you could convert it into a living space,enlist the help of a professional to help you with the electrical wiring and structure of your new attic. You’ll have a tidy space for stoarge or a brand new room upstairs plus you’ll stop leaking heat through the roof.

Use a thermostat/timer

The more advanced the thermostat model, the more you will save. Don’t overheat your home. Once you have got rid of the chill, you don’t really need more than 20oC during daytime and 17oC during the night. You will find that quality of your sleep will improve as you turn down the heat.

Save Water, Save Cash

With water charges coming, and shortages forecast, Irish households should recycle water wherever possible to ensure that as little as possible is lost and even less is wasted.(Having a shower instead of bath). As such, something as simple as having an outdoor barrel to capture rainwater can provide you with an excellent supply of water for your garden without increasing your water bills.

Buy Quality Furniture

Investing in quality furniture is a must if you want to be as green as possible in your home. Cheap furniture lasts a couple of years at the most and is then broken down and replaced but is rarely sustainable. Although you may have to pay more, investing in high quality furniture that will last longer will be better for the environment and have a greater degree of sustainability. This applies to outdoor and indoor furniture, from porch swing covers to sofas.

Replace your old GCH boiler with a new model

Unbelievably, but some old boilers are so bad that you can save up to half your yearly energy bill by installing a brand new boiler.This will be expensive but you will start saving from your first bill. Check if your model reuses the heat from the exhaust gases or just pushes the heat into the atmosphere

Solar Panels

Consider installing a solar panel or a solar water heating system on the roof. You could also look to set up a small wind generator or even a geothermal heat pump. All these option will reduce bills and provide you with a sustainable energy source while helping the enviroment .

Wall insulation

Why does this come last? Because it is not suitable for all homes. Wall cavity insulation is potentially not suitable for your home and can make your house damp and inhabitable.You can get insulation on the exterior of your home or the interior. The choice comes down to cost, suitability and personal choice.If you want to do wall cavity insulation, get independent advice and use quality tradesmen.