As you’ve probably noticed, the world’s not in particularly great shape. Climate experts from the World Meteorological Organization detail how the earth’s CO2 levels continue to break records in a bad way. It peaked at 407.8 parts per million (ppm) in 2018, which is a drastic increase from the previous year’s 405.5 ppm.
While things seem a little gloomy, now isn’t the time to lose hope, as there are still ways to turn everything around. But for this to happen, everyone has to do their part to influence a positive change in our environment. Data collected by the Office for National Statistics, reveals that 18% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the residential sector meaning any positive changes individuals make could very well impact the environment as a whole.
While I’ve already written about 21+ Ways To Save Energy Around The Home to celebrate Big Energy Saving Week, the dire state of the environment requires something a little bigger. Read on for some major home renovations that you can consider to ensure your home is a little more eco-friendly.
A great way to reduce your carbon footprint is to lessen your household’s water use. To do this, you’ll first have to get a rainwater harvesting system installed on the roof of your home. Once that’s done, you can use the harvested water to wash clothes, water your lawn, and more importantly, flush your toilets. However, you’ll have to hire professionals to set the whole thing up in your bathroom.
And while you may find the costs quite large at the start, this isn’t something that you can do half hearted, as you will certainly need some guidance from professional engineers. One preventive measure during this time is to make sure that you’re covered just in case of any damages occur. The gas boiler and heating insurance overview by HomeServe shows homeowners exactly what they will be covered for 24/7, and if anything does go wrong with the renovations, they can sleep easy knowing a qualified engineer is only a phone call away. Costly repairs down the line are also something to be wary of, so make sure you’re insured and more importantly that you get someone qualified with a good reputation to carry out any complex renovations. This, coupled with the money you’ll be able to save on water bills will make the investment well worth it.
Switch to Solar
Though the earth’s CO2 levels continue to rise, one bright spot is that emission levels in the United Kingdom have actually dropped over the past year. Reuters reports that the national greenhouse gas emissions are down 2.5%, with the use of renewable power at a record high. This is surely no coincidence, as coal-powered energy sources are notoriously bad for the environment. So, how do you contribute to this? Well, switching to solar power will go a long way when it comes to lessening your home’s carbon footprint.
This doesn’t even have to be a costly option, as an article on The Independent points out that Ikea sells a line of solar panel battery storages that can cut hundreds of pounds off of your household electricity bills. Other than being environmentally friendly, this will also save your hard-earned money in the long run. It’s truly a win-win situation for you and the environment.
Lastly, a green roof for your home will do wonders for lessening your carbon footprint. So, when is a roof green, exactly? Steel roof options are especially effective, as most have a lifetime guarantee and are recyclable, compared to the traditional asphalt shingles option. They also tend to be reflective, meaning they can keep heat out of your homes, which leads to a drop in energy costs.
If you want to go the extra mile, you can even outfit your roof with solar panels, which, as previously mentioned, will drive down your monthly bill. Your savings collected over time will be more than enough to cover the renovations.