A Greener Footprint

23rd December 2015

Today buying a home isn’t just about its kerb appeal or whether the kitchen is open plan – it is also about whether the home saves money from the inside out and whether that home is good for the environment.

Evidence suggests that recent global warming cannot be explained just by natural causes. Changes in recent years, and those predicted for the next century, are considered to be mainly the result of human behaviour – and how we live.  

It is reported that over 40% of all carbon emissions in the UK are from our homes. Things we do in our daily lives make up our individual carbon footprint and there are a number of steps that we can all make to reduce the impact on the environment and become more energy efficient.

Double glazing, an efficient boiler, and loft insulation all contribute to lower heating bills – and a home that retains the heat rather than lets it escape through draughty walls – but how do you know whether your home is environmentally friendly.

On select developments we build to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) which is a government initiative that assesses the environmental performance of new homes.

To achieve a level 4 compliance the homes have to be built to achieve a 25% reduction in carbon emissions over and above Building Regulations.

Homes also need to be developed with construction materials that are sourced responsibly.

To achieve this classification, each home also needs to be provided with a smart meter, a washing line, external lighting to front, photovoltaic panels , fixtures and fittings to reduce water consumption, a water butt, recycling storage units in the kitchen and a compost bin – making life as easy as possible for homeowners to be environmentally responsible.

The average household causes about 6.0 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. Based on this, our Rowland homes are expected to produce in excess of 75% less carbon dioxide every year than the average household.

The solar photovoltaic (PV) installation in Rowland Homes also reduce electricity costs – they work from the sun’s rays and even generate electricity on cloudy days – all year round and our systems produce zero carbon dioxide emissions

But there are some simple steps everyone can take to reduce their own individual carbon footprint and help save some money in the home:

  • Switch off standby – by turning your appliances off at the plug you will also save money
  • Be considerate in your kitchen – using your kitchen appliances more wisely can positively help the environment – and your bank balance
  • Splash less – and you’ll get to splash out – by fitting a water efficient shower head you will reduce your hot water usage – and spending less time in the shower will save on the bills
  • Heat it up – check out your heating bills; could you use a smart meter, are you heating up your house as effieciently as possible (a simple draught excluder is a cheap way to improve the heat retention in your home)
  • Switch to LED’s – better for the environment than traditional lights, LED’s now come in all shapes and sizes – and don’t forget to turn the lights off when you leave the room

More energy efficiency advice and quick wins for your home can be found here http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/energy-saving-quick-wins

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