A sustainable home is easier than you may think

Posted 22/07/2019 by E.ON

Creating a sustainable home can sound like a tall order. It can feel like there are so many different things you need to consider that it's difficult to know where to begin. We carried out a poll which found more than three quarters of people in the UK are concerned about climate change and a similar number say they could do more to be sustainable.

So here are a few tweaks - large and small - that you could make to your lifestyle to help get you started, potentially saving you money as well.

Choose renewable
The first step in creating a more sustainable home is your choice of energy. We've made this easy for our customers so that all of our residential customers - 3.3 million homes up and down the country – are receiving 100% renewable electricity matched from sources including wind, biomass and solar as standard with no extra cost to them.

We do this by matching the volume of your estimated annual electricity use with our own renewable generation assets, the power from a number of independent generators with whom we work as well as purchasing renewable electricity certificates.

You can also look at generating your own clean, renewable energy with solar panels plus battery storage. The panels convert the sun's energy into electricity that you can use to power your appliances, lights and more. The battery then lets you store this electricity at and use it at night or whenever is most convenient for you. And if you already have solar panels, why not consider getting a battery as a next step so you can benefit even more?

 

Insulate your home
With the right insulation, your home can hold heat inside for longer. That means less work for your boiler. Installing in wall cavities, lofts and even floors can help reduce heat loss and also lower your heating bill.

Draught proofing your home is another easy, efficient and inexpensive way to keep heat inside.

Replace your boiler
Around 55 per cent of what you spend on energy goes on heating, according to the Energy Saving Trust. A new, more efficient boiler will use less gas or oil to do the same job - meaning lower levels of emissions going into the environment, helping you to cut your carbon footprint. And by using less energy, you should save money too.

If you're replacing your boiler, you can also look into renewable solutions like air source heat pumps, which absorb heat from the air and use it to warm your home and provide hot water. Heat pumps can give you three times more heat for each unit of energy used to power it.



Install a smart meter
Getting a smart meter is a simple way to manage the energy you use at home. You can see the energy you use and how much it's costing you. Plus, watching your energy use ticking ever upward is a good reminder to turn off the lights and heating before leaving the house.

 

Smart choices
In addition to these bigger changes you can make in your home, the choices you make on a daily basis can contribute to the overall sustainability of your lifestyle. You can start with the food on your plate. Instead of buying fruit and veg grown in far away lands, shop locally where you can find produce grown at farms in your area or elsewhere in the UK. Produce flown in contributes to higher global emissions.

Saving water can also increase the sustainability of your home. With a rainwater collection tank you can cut down on the water that you use from the mains. There are a range of systems you can choose from, allowing you to do everything from watering your garden to washing your clothing.

In short, with a little will there are plenty of ways you can make your lifestyle more sustainable.

Find your clean energy tariff here and learn more about sustainable living.

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