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5 Ways to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Home

Due to huge amounts of news coverage over recent years, many homeowners are looking for ways to reduce the impact their home has on the environment. This is so that they can reduce their carbon footprint and also save money on their energy bills. With technology advancements being made every year, there are more ways now than ever that you can accomplish this.

If you’re interested in making your home in Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire more environmentally friendly and energy efficient, here are the five best ways you can use clean energy. 

1. Install Rooftop Solar Panels

Rooftop solar panels are one of the most effective ways to produce renewable energy for your home. The barrier to entry is low, and the results far outweigh the initial cost. The solar panels are usually installed on the roof of your home or in your garden if there is adequate space and sunlight to capture the sun’s energy effectively. Once the rays are captured by the panels, the energy is converted into electricity, therefore reducing the burden your home puts on the electrical grid and lowering your energy bills. Typically, you could save around 1.3 to 1.6 tonnes of carbon per year with your home solar panel system.

The initial cost for set-up is all you have to pay. Solar energy is free, so after it’s installed, you will enjoy a reduction in your energy bills and no other costs will be payable. Sometimes your solar panels will also end up generating more electricity than your home can use. In this case, the surplus energy gets exported to the grid for another home to use. You then get paid for this surplus through an export payment via your energy company.

2. Fit Small Scale Wind Turbines

Most people recognise wind turbines as a solution commonly built on large open spaces. But did you know that if your property has enough space, you can install your own small scale wind turbine to help generate electricity for your home?

Due to the very nature of wind turbines, there are considerations to remember such as the noise they generate and any planning regulations that must be adhered to. However, if you do go forward with a wind turbine, you can enjoy many benefits. Wind power is more reliable than solar power, and depending on the size of your turbine, you could generate a considerable amount of electricity for your home.

3. Set Up Solar Water Heating

Similar to solar panels on your roof, a solar powered water heater can heat your water in an environmentally friendly way. The sun’s rays are captured through the panels to heat a reserve of water which gets pumped through to your taps, showers, and radiators. This method of heating your water is considerably cheaper than using electricity or gas, so your monthly bill will be reduced.

4. Use an Air Source Heat Pump

An air source heat pump system takes the natural heat that comes from the air and increases its temperature. The heat is then used in the home for hot water or heating. Air Source Heat Pumps need some electricity to work but they use less electrical energy than the heat they actually produce. They generate less CO2 than conventional heating systems. Air Source Heat Pumps are a little like air-conditioning units in looks and they are easy to install.

Our stunning properties situated at Village Farm Close in the beautiful hamlet of Sutton, Bedfordshire are heated by environmentally friendly air source heat pumps making these homes super energy efficient. For more information on the Village Farm Close development, call the Satchells team on 01462 410394.

5. Utilise Biomass Energy

Biomass is a more recent innovation in environmentally friendly fuel. It’s made from organic waste like agricultural waste, wood pellets and scrap timber, animal waste and manure, and other general debris. It most commonly generates energy through combustion and can help you reduce your heating costs. Compared to fossil fuel use, biomass also lowers greenhouse gas emissions and helps maintain forests and crops.
Whilst you may not be able to power your entire home through renewable energy – unless of course you live in a tiny home – you can certainly make a positive environmental impact and noticeably reduce your monthly energy bills with these options.

At Satchells we love property and there’s nothing we don’t know about it! We have built up our extensive knowledge over the past 100 years, so, please get in touch with us and we’ll share our expertise with you. Call the Satchells team on 01462 410394 or email us at salesadmincentre@satchells.co.uk

 

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