Back in November last year, Boris Johnson outlined a 10-point plan for a greener future. He labelled it as a ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ with a focus on delivering greener, cleaner energy to every UK household by 2030.
Since releasing his plan, the Committee on Climate Change has declared the UK’s targets won’t be met unless greenhouse gas emissions from UK buildings reaches almost zero. Although many younger households have begun to understand the importance for more eco-friendly solutions, there is still a lot of work which needs to be done.
Many homeowners have begun to take advanced steps in creating a more sustainable, energy efficient lifestyle with quality recycling systems, plastic-free kitchens and smart home technology.
While the environmental advantages of living green are obvious; how much do you know about the direct advantages leading a greener life can have on your home? Take a look at these benefits and by the end of the article, we’re confident you’ll want to implement some changes in your home.
Lower fuel bills
One of the most sure-fire ways in reducing your fuel bills, is by having an energy efficient home. Cutting down on your energy consumption – whether it is gas, electric or both – will ensure you cut down on your monthly or quarterly spend.
Many households have begun to make the switch to renewable energy, installing an air source heat pump to rely solely on external air to heat their home and hot water. Many utility companies have recognised this, and now provide packages to use energy which has been produced purely from renewable sources. This is significantly cheaper than standard rates.
However, if you’re not able to make the change to renewable energy for your heating or electricity – it is possible to install smart thermostats, radiator valves and lighting to ensure you only use the power you need at the time.
Reduced home insurance
Different factors can affect the price you pay towards home insurance. Yes this includes the size of your property, security systems and factors such as whether your area is prone to flooding. However, most people don’t realise the energy efficiency of your home can also affect insurance quotes.
If your home features highly energy efficient windows, doors or appliances, you’ll be surprised as to how much you can save. Use an online provider to customise your quotation and see how much you can save on a new home insurance policy, which reflects your energy efficient measures.
Following on from improving your house insurance policy, you can also add value to your home. As homeowners become more aware of their impact on the environment, first-time buyers and younger families are most likely to seek out an energy efficient home.
Property developers are now building homes which feature the latest in energy efficiency; whether it is a high-quality, low-emission boiler or an air source heat pump, energy is centre to the build. If you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future, you could secure a better sale if you make eco-friendly changes before listing.
Many homeowners should look to make energy efficient changes to their home sooner rather than later. Replacing lightbulbs with smart, LED bulbs or installing motion-sensing thermostats over a traditional heating timer can ensure your home reduces the amount of wasted energy currently used.
To find out more about making your home greener, or how else we can be of assistance – talk to the SwitchedOn Yorkshire team.