How to design an eco friendly home

With your home’s interior there’s a lot to consider when it comes to the decoration. What’s important to remember too, is there’s more to think about than just form and function. You need to ensure your home is as safe as it is comfortable and eco-friendly upgrades can have a brilliant effect on your health.

Also, with green home improvements you stand to save money on energy bills, which is great in the current climate where we’re all scrimping and scraping for extra cash. Energy efficiency is crucial to every home so take a look at our tips below.

Natural light

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One of the best ways to improve the eco-friendliness of any room in the home is by allowing in more natural light. By doing this, you won’t need artificial lighting, helping you to save energy throughout the day. Sunlight is also a health benefit according to the experts and will even have a positive impact on your mood.

Interior plants

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Plants should always be used in the home to create that serene feeling and arboreal presence. They can also provide an aesthetic appeal, whilst adding a natural air filter that will remove destructive chemicals from your home. The good news is, with the range of different plants and colours available you can easily find something to suit your home.

The Aloe Vera plant in particular is a household favourite which will help filter out harmful chemicals and develop brown spots on its leaves if chemical pollutants build up.

Seal and insulate

Loft insulation
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If you’re on a mission to save energy, then you won’t look past insulation in the home. This is one of the best ways to save money, as by retaining more heat inside the home you ca turn down the boiler thermostat. Insulation can be adopted throughout the home too, from the walls and windows to the loft and front door. If you have any draughts in the home, you’re losing valuable energy and spending more money than you need to.

Renewable technology

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If you not only want to save money on those expensive bills, but actually earn something too, renewable technology is the way forward. Thanks to Government incentives you’ll be in a position to earn a lucrative income with technology such as solar panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps. They take eco-friendly, sustainable energy and use it in your home. You’ll save a small fortune and protect your bills from national increases for the next couple of decades.

Tom Crosswell

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