If you’re passionate about ensuring that you do your part in order to safeguard the future of the world and to decrease the effects of global warming, it may be one of your dreams to own an eco-friendly residence. If so, you may want to take inspiration from some of the top eco-friendly homes that are spread throughout the UK. To discover some of the common eco-friendly features that these green properties boast, that you’ll be able to take inspiration from, simply continue reading.
Source natural, locally produced materials to build your home or to add extensions to your home:
Whether you’re about to start construction on a new eco-friendly build or you’d simply like to add a green extension to your property in order to make it a little more spacious, it’s a wise idea to try and source, natural, locally produced materials for your build. As an example in the stunning Lake District, there is a green home named the Lyth Valley Cottage, which is a modern looking, restored cottage which has almost been entirely built using locally sourced materials. As another example, there are green homes in the UK which incorporate the smart use of reclaimed timber frames that are locally sourced, into their designs. The opportunities are endless. Some sustainable materials that you may be keen to incorporate into your design include oak panel cladding and natural wood fibers.
Find natural ways to heat your home:
Instead of relying on power from a commercial power company in order to adequately heat your home, you have multiple green options. The most obvious of which is investing in having solar panels placed on the roof and sides of your green home. So that you’ll be able to heat your home using solar power. If you assumed that solar panels are extremely expensive, think again as they have rapidly decreased in price and have become a lot more affordable over the past 10 years.
Another way to heat your home is to make sure that your home is properly insulated which will stop cold hair escaping your home in summer and warm air from escaping your home during the cold, long winter months. Did you know that you can use hemp fibers, wool or rough sawn green oak, in order to properly insulate your green home? Lastly, you may want to consider investing in a wood chip biomass boiler.
One feature that most of the top UK eco homes have in common is that they are able to collect rainwater in order to provide enough water for their gardens, laundry, and toilets. So if you don’t want to waste water, it’s a great idea to ensure that your home boasts a water tank to collect fresh rain water which will be able to be repurposed in many different ways.
So if you want to lead a more sustainable life and would love to reduce your household’s eco footprint, it’s a smart idea to use some of the green ideas listed above to build a green home or to transform your home into a green home.