Green energy, or renewable energy, and materials are or at least should be at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to home improvement, not only for the sake of their own domestic fuels bills but for the sake of the planet. The adoption of energy saving technologies and changes in behaviour can reduce the “carbon footprint” – the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases produced by burning fossil fuels, etc. – of an average home by anything up to 40%.
It is now possible to obtain electricity that is 100% renewable by switching to a specialist supplier but there are other changes, large and small, that you can make to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Improving loft or cavity wall insulation, for example, or fitting thermostatic radiator valves or energy efficient light bulbs need not be expensive and there are grants and offers available to ease the cost still further. Larger projects, such as solar panels, or wind turbines are more expensive and require more forethought in terms of the location of your home, etc. but can, nevertheless, slash your annual fuel bills and carbon footprint and often pay for themselves within a few years. Even on a small scale such systems can be used to generate electricity for lighting in your home or garden or for charging mobile phones.
If you are considering a flooring project, you may like to consider using renewable materials such as linoleum or bamboo. In fact, the use of renewable materials has nowadays reached as far as the personal computer; an environmentally friendly PC which uses up to 70% less electricity than a typical PC and has a biodegradable bamboo case is now available.