If you live in an older home, it is possible that the structure lacks energy-efficient characteristics. These days, focusing on energy-efficiency is an essential principle affecting both residential and commercial buildings. Unfortunately, it is not cost-effective to build a home from scratch. The best alternative is to remodel or retrofit your home to make it eco-friendly. With the myriad of options available and factors to consider, here are tips to ensure that you are avoiding some costly mistakes in remodelling a home.
Make insulation a priority
If you only have a small budget, make it count by prioritising insulation. A house with poor insulation results in plenty of wasted energy from heating and cooling. One of the first areas to insulate is the ceiling. A large amount of heat escapes into uninsulated ceilings. There are building materials like SIPs or structural insulated panels, which have superior insulation qualities which you can consider in case you plan on retrofitting your home’s roof and ceiling for better insulation. SIPs are also excellent for walls as the resulting structure is incredibly airtight.
Do not underestimate the importance of Energy Star appliances
Investing in new appliances is also crucial if you plan to support eco-friendly practices. Older appliances produce significant amounts of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Energy Start appliances not only create fewer emissions but also use less energy to operate.
Not looking into rebates and tax incentives
Depending on the current schemes of the government, people who subscribe to eco-friendly practices may qualify for tax rebates and incentives. Although the UK does not incentivise purchasing an eco-friendly home or installing eco-friendly systems and technology in residential properties, it is possible to receive a tax incentive through eco-friendly practices such as generating your own energy through solar panels. VAT of 20% also goes down to 5% if you buy energy-saving home appliances like solar panels and heat pumps.
Not investing in energy-efficient windows
Similar to insulation, energy-efficient windows may also significantly reduce the energy consumption of an average home. Heat escapes through windows and doors and by installing double-glazed windows, for example, heat coming from the HVAC system gets retained indoors much longer, thus efficiently using the resource, and reducing dependence on artificial heating and cooling.
Overlooking the benefits of recycled materials
Recycled materials are already being used to manufacture some of the most common construction supplied used today. Some people hesitate to buy materials with recycled content assuming that the quality is less desirable. On the other hand, these recycled components often add to the durability and integrity of the product. Advanced technology has made it possible so that manufacturers achieve high standards of production while at the same time conscientiously incorporating stuff that would have otherwise gone to waste.
Forgetting about eco-friendly paint
Conventional paint used to decorate homes contain volatile compounds that are harmful to health. If you are striving to retrofit your home and make it more eco-friendly, something as simple as buying and using eco-friendly and organic paints can make a huge difference.