How To Go Carbon Neutral At Home
Going carbon neutral is becoming increasing popular and there are many ways that homeowners can reduce their carbon footprint in the home. With a self-build, you have the unique opportunity to make every aspect of your property eco-friendly. But for those who don’t have that luxury, there are still a number of things that can be done.
Here are some ways that you can go carbon neutral at home:
Choose Renewable Energy
When it comes to renewable energy sources (such as solar panels, offshore wind farms or ground source heat pumps), there are many ways that a home can be powered sustainably.
Investment in offshore wind grew by 40% in 2016, whilst solar power has seen recent growth of 50% worldwide thanks to the efforts of the US and China. So this is definitely an industry that will continue to grow each year.
Meaning that homeowners will be provided with both choice and accessibility. Renewable energy solutions can be costly in the initial outlay, but are designed to save homeowners money in the long run and is often just a few short years before there is return on investment.
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
Not only is it important to consider renewable energy sources, but it’s also important to look at the different energy efficient appliances available on the market to further your efforts in becoming carbon neutral.
When looking for energy efficient appliances for your home, keep an eye on the energy ratings label (these will vary from country to country).Energy Star can provide a superb guideline for everything from dishwashers and fridge/freezers to televisions and central heating.
Upgrade to a Smart Home
Smart technology can help to effectively manage energy usage on a day to day basis. Smart heating controls allow you to tailor the perfect temperature settings whilst reducing your utility bills. And these controls can even be accessed remotely, even when you are not at home.
With gas and heating being the principal sources of carbon output in any household, smart systems are more attractive than ever for the eco warrior. Reducing the heating level is an easy and obvious step and smart technology can help you do this.
A complete smart system also helps you take control of your lighting, appliances and home security system if you have one.
Insulate Your Building
Insulation is another fantastic way of reducing energy consumption and cutting carbon emissions. Some of the different forms of home insulation include:
- Blanket insulation (such as fibreglass or mineral wool)
- Concrete block insulation
- Foam board or rigid foam insulation
- Loose-fill and blown-in insulation (such as cellulose or fibreglass)
- Reflective systems (such as foil-faced paper, plastic film, polyethylene bubbles, or cardboard)
- Sprayed foam insulation (such as Cementitious, Phenolic, Polyisocyanurate or Polyurethane)
- Structural insulated panels (SIPs)
Choose Eco Friendly Lighting
Replace your lighting system with low energy LEDs. Not only can LED light bulbs reduce power consumption and cut energy costs in the house, but they are also much sturdier which means they are resistant to breakage. Additionally, they are cooler than incandescent light bulbs, lowering the risk of combustion.