Why you Should use Renewable Energy at Home

As the vast majority of the scientific community will tell you, climate change is a very real phenomenon. With the industrialisation of most of the world’s countries over the last 200 years (and the rise in consumerism), the level of carbon dioxide –and other toxic or carcinogenic gases and chemicals- that are being pumped into the atmosphere each has caused catastrophic damage to the ozone layer, and exacerbated the greenhouse effect dramatically. Ultimately, this is leading to global warming, which in turn is melting the polar ice caps, leading to rising sea levels and a great imbalance between the various different ecosystems that have kept our planet in a habitable condition for millions of years. For this reason, it is absolutely essential that we –as nations and individuals- begin to reduce our carbon footprint, reduce waste, and turn to cleaner, renewable energy sources.

Now for the average person, changing the climate of the entire globe may seem like an impossible task, but it is achievable, and we all need to do what is within our grasp in order to reverse these effects. For most, this simply starts in the home and there are many solutions available.

Companies such as the Energy Savings Trust offer advice and support to help you reduce your carbon footprint, and also save yourself money on your energy bills. There are many ways to save yourself money and help to protect the environment at the same time. Many of these are incredibly cheap to implement and will make great savings in the long run.

Wrap up warm in the winter

Rather than turning up the heating in the winter, throw on a few more layers and hold on to the heat your body exudes naturally. It’s simple to do, costs you nothing and will save you money on your heating bills.

Use draught excluders

Often the chill in the air can come from small gaps under the door or skirting board. Draught excluders (elongated pillows of cotton and wool) can be placed under the doors and help to keep your house warm and draught-free.

Fit reflective foam behind your radiators

For a miniscule amount of money, you can slip thin strips of reflective foam behind you radiators, this means that the heat they kick out is reflected back into the room, rather than being absorbed by the walls. These can be cut to size using scissors, and simply slotted into place with no need for technical expertise.

Install solar panels on your roof

Installing solar panels on your roof has a dramatic effect in reducing your energy bills. You may even be entitled to a grant that allows you to get them cheaply. These provide an infinite source of free energy and will save you a fortune on your heating bills.

Use underlay beneath your carpet

This may seem like an obvious one, but surprisingly, quite a lot of carpets are not fitted with underlay. Underlay adds an extra layer of insulation to your floor, helping to hold heat in your home for longer and reducing your heating bills.

Close doors and windows in your house

On those chilly winter days, one of the simplest ways to keep the heat in your home is to close all of the windows and doors in your house (not just the ones that lead to the outside, but interior doors as well), this helps to hold heat in each room more efficiently, and reduce heat loss.

Insulate your walls and loft

Most of the heat in your home is lost through the ceiling and walls. Installing wall and loft insulation is one of the most effective ways to hold heat in your home; and as the material used is (usually) fire retardant, you have the added bonus of reducing the risk of fires spreading.

Invest in double or triple glazed windows

Double glazed windows have a huge effect on keeping heat inside your home, and has the added bonus of cancelling out the noise from outside. This, in combination with a set of thick curtains, will help to keep your house nice and warm throughout the winter.

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