It’s estimated the average UK household emits 8.1 tonnes of CO2 every year… Consequently it’s undeniable that the homes we live in have a detrimental impact on the planet, so what can we do to reduce our impact on the environment?

There are a variety of everyday steps you can take to help limit the amount of energy you waste  such as:

  • Using LED light bulbs. They last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality compared to their alternatives and they use less energy!
  • Make sure you recycle! Plastic bottles to junk mail to old clothes and fabrics, every little helps…
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room and/or when there’s already natural sunlight. 30% of a home’s energy usage comes from its lighting so you won’t just be saving energy but also saving money on bills!

If you want to make bigger strides forward to reduce your homes impact on the environment you can look at implementing a variety of features to help reduce your energy usage or even create cleaner energy yourself!

  • Solar Panels, the perfect way to provide electrical energy to your home. Not only can they be fitted to most homes, but they can save you upwards of £8,000 over 20 years!
  • Wood burners, a great alternative to traditional boilers. Renewable, carbon neutral as a fuel source and dependable.
  • Underfloor heating. No, it’s not just for expensive spas and hotels, underfloor heating when used correctly is one of the most efficient ways to heat your home and can increase energy efficiency by up to 40%.
  • Smart tech, possibly the easiest way to keep on track of your spending and your energy usage, people have recorded savings of around £200 from simply being more aware of their energy usage.

Estimate of 80 tonnes given above is for the construction of a brand-new cottage with two bedrooms upstairs and two reception rooms and a kitchen downstairs. It’s based on a study that I was involved in for Historic Scotland.

For more information on how to design and build your own eco home take a look at the infographic from Bespoke Builders below…

Eco Home