Making your home more energy efficient leads to long-term savings. Insulation, a new energy-efficient boiler and double-glazing helps to lower your household bills and even contributes to a reduction in your carbon footprint. However, these measures aren’t free. Although there are a limited number of government subsidies available, costs for installing 270mm of insulation can run into the hundreds. Double-glazing is costly too and a new boiler can set you back a couple of grand.
For families on a tight budget, making their homes more energy efficient is rather costly and not doable without some outside help. That outside help could come in the form of a new mortgage plan, or remortgage. For an idea of how much you may be able to save by remortgaging check out mortgage payment calculator. You simply enter your details and out pops a figure; it’s really that (Read More....)
When it comes to building materials, more and more people are making the decision to go green. Choosing eco-friendly building materials to either build a new home or revamp the one you already have leaves less of an impact on the planet because green building materials are either highly renewable or they're recycled. With no need to manufacture them, they don't contribute to pollution, and they cost much less, too. If you're looking for green building material choices for your next construction project, featured here are 10 options for your consideration.
Wood is a great building material for green construction--especially when wood scraps are used or the wood was grown and harvested using environmentally-sound, certified practices. Wood is an energy efficient material, and it can be used to build solid framework, as flooring, or to side a home.
Straw bales are becoming increasingly popular in green construction because they make excellent insulators. Due to its density, air is unable to penetrate straw bales, making it soundproof and fireproof all at the same (Read More....)