2015 is just around the corner and with the new Green Deal funding being spent on eco home improvements in just one day, we’re set for an eco-conscious new year. The uptake on greener energy solutions via the government funded scheme has been hugely popular across the country. With promise of more funding available in February 2015 and the ever growing need for households and businesses to come together to help the UK hit our carbon emissions target, it’s time to start thinking about greener ways to heat up our households.

Here are 5 eco home improvements that could help you save money and save energy. Reduce your carbon footprint today.

A renewable solar power system could help to generate up to 70% of the hot water needed in your home, saving you a large amount of money in the long run. This sustainable source of energy will also help to reduce your carbon footprint and is a part of the Government’s Green Deal Scheme.

Solar PV (Solar Photovoltaics) are solar panel electricity systems which capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells harness the sun’s energy without needing to be in direct sunlight, therefore they only require daylight (no matter the weather) to work. This is one of the most popular and effective ways of generating electricity in your home and can help you save money on your utility bills.

Heat pumps are the perfect alternative to boilers for providing your household with both heating and hot water. It’s a cheaper heating solution and because it is classified is micro generation (generating your own electricity), it could be available under the Green Deal. Many providers also offer payment plans which spread your cost over 5-10 years.

If you are looking for ways of preventing heat loss to improve efficiency in your home, loft insulation could be a good idea in 2015. 25% of your property’s heat can escape through the roof but loft insulation will help to trap the heat using fibreglass. This installation is permanent so once done, you can benefit from the insulation indefinitely.

Around 35% of heat can be lost through the walls of your home if your property is a modern building. Built with air gaps, modern homes can struggle to trap in heat but cavity wall insulation can help to tackle this problem, helping you save money on your bills through more efficient and effective heating.

News reports have revealed that although the latest Green Deal fund has already been exhausted by enthusiastic homeowners, there will be more coming soon in February 2015. If you’re interested in getting eco home improvements through the Green Deal, read more about how you can pay for your installations over on the Gov.uk information website.