Renovating your home is the ideal time to make some sustainable changes in your living quarters. There are a number of ways in which you can improve the energy efficiency of your home, saving money and also being more environmentally friendly. Since you’re changing things up in your house anyway, renovation is the perfect time to make some eco-friendly changes!

What does it mean to be more sustainable at home? 

Making your home more sustainable involves making changes that improve the energy efficiency of your property. This means that you waste less energy and save money in the process. Sustainable living means you will make the most of the resources you have, reducing your carbon footprint. This can range from the cleaning products you use at home to the energy supplier you choose to power up your home. Some of these changes require sustained change, but some are small, one-off things you can do, which will make a big difference.

Get window treatments

So much energy is lost from our windows without us realising it. Even if your windows are firmly shut, heat still manages to escape, and cold air finds its way in. Therefore, it’s important to update your windows to ensure that they are protecting your home from energy loss. Replacing your windows involves making a number of decisions, such as which frame to choose and the glazing type. After this, you need to ensure that they are installed properly, as poor installation can cause heat to escape. However, making the right choices can help you save money and energy in the long term.

Sort out your heating

When renovating your house, you should take a look at your heating supply and see how eco-friendly it is. Lots of homes still have gas boilers which are notoriously bad for the environment, as they are not cost effective and they waste a lot of energy. Instead, you could switch over to a new combi boiler. Not only do combi boilers waste less energy, but replacing your boiler with a newer model will also mean that it functions better and is generally less wasteful.

Make your lighting more sustainable

If you are getting new lighting installed in your property during the renovation, replace any light bulbs with energy saving alternatives, such as LEDs which can last up to 13 years!

Switch to a greener energy supplier

While making these other changes, it might be a good time to switch your energy supplier. If you haven’t managed to switch in a while, it’s highly likely that you are overpaying for your energy. Not only is this a waste of money, but you can also make the switch over to a more green energy supplier, such as Bulb or Octopus. A green energy supplier means one that provides tariffs with 100% renewable electricity and aims to offset gas usage by investing in green projects.

You can also find a number of grants and assistance schemes which will help you to make savings on energy and your bills at home. Check out this government guide to the schemes available and find out if you are eligible for financial aid: