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Sustainable homesUnless you’ve been living under a rock (in which case you are to be congratulated for your minimal carbon footprint), you’ll be aware of the concept of environmental sustainability. Perhaps the most important thing we as individuals can do to promote a healthy environment and contribute to the wellbeing of our planet is to build or modify our homes so that they run in a sustainable manner. The benefits are far reaching. Not only can you be confident you’re doing the right thing by the environment, it’s likely also that you’ll be saving packets of money.

One of the simplest measures you can undertake to create an environmentally sustainable home  is reducing your energy consumption. Switching off lights when you leave the room, installing energy efficient globes, and properly insulating your home can have surprisingly dramatic effects. In the summer months, blocking out sunlight with UV blocking sheeting on windows, and drawing the blinds before the morning sun hits can help reduce the need for air conditioning- notorious for consuming vast amounts of energy. In winter, energy consumption can be greatly reduced by ensuring your windows are properly sealed. The average home loses more than 25% of it’s heat through windows.  
If you’re in the process of building a new home, you have a golden opportunity to utilise all the latest environmentally sustainable building techniques and home appliances. The positioning of your home is a crucial factor. Proper orientation can almost double your energy efficiency. Your home appliances are also critical in ensuring energy consumption is minimised. All new white goods should feature a sticker detailing their energy efficiency. Read the labels carefully to ensure you make informed and environmentally sustainable choices. This is particularly important with regards to appliances that are in frequent use- fridges, dish washing machines, clothes washing machines, and heaters.

To learn more about how to create a beautiful and sustainable home, visit Hometec.