We all like to do our bit for the environment, but for many of us it seems like a hassel or too expensive. But actually making smarter choices for your home have never been easier or more practical and can save you money. And there are companies out there committed to helping you do just that. More information available @ http://www.diy.com/eco
When it comes to being eco friendly you'd think our gardens could take care of themselves. Actually, there is so much that we can do to make our outdoor spaces more efficient and much greener, without making our wallets leaner. More information available @ http://www.diy.com/eco
George Clarke explains how to keep a lid on heat loss. More information available @ http://www.diy.com/eco The loft is an area of the house we rarely think about, but if left uninsulated, can be a make a massive contribution to your energy bills. A poorly insulated house loses about a 1/3 of its heat through the room. (Source: EST - correct as of Feb 2012) The average UK home could save around £280 every year by being more energy efficient (Source: EST - correct as of Feb 2012). Many people don't insulate their lofts because they believe it is difficult and expensive, but nothing could be further from the truth. Insulate your loft is the most cost-effect energy saving task you could do in the home. Not only will you be saving lots of money, but you will be helping create a warm comfortable home for the winter months. There are many materials you can use to insulate your loft. There is glass fibre, which is made from recycled glass bottles all the way through to all-natural sheep's wool. You can also buy insulation boards, which will still give you the ability to store items in the attic. It is important to ensure any loft hatch or door is well insulated and draft-proof, to prevent any heat within the house, escaping to the roof space. Another area of the house worth considering in regards to potential heat loss, is the hot water tank which needs to be insulated properly. This can be accomplished with a hot water cylinder jacket, which can cost under £6. A cylinder jacket can cut heat-loss by up to 75%, and save you around £35 a year. (Source: EST - correct as of Feb 2012) Heat loss can also occur through the walls of your house. Cavity walls are generally better than solid walls, because they have got an air gap in between. But even cavity walls can account for 1/3 of the heat-loss from your home (Source: EST - correct as of Feb 2012). Cavity wall insulation usually costs around £250, depending on the size of your home, but this can save you over £135 a year on your energy bill (Source: EST - correct as of Feb 2012). One final tip worth considering, is getting draught excluders, as draught proofing doors and windows can save around £30 every year (Source: EST - correct as of Feb 2012). Thing smart. Think warm. Save Energy. Save Money.
George Clarke discusses how to redesign with the environment in mind. From doors to paints, it is possible to buy high quality products that are whilst still being eco-friendly. More information available @ http://www.diy.com/eco
George Clarke explains how to power down your electricity bills. More information available @ http://www.diy.com/eco
George Clarke explains ways in which you can stop flushing money down the drain. Just reducing the amount of time you spend in the shower, or upgrading a few of your bathroom utlities, you can save so much money! More information available @ http://www.diy.com/eco
Want to cut energy costs in the kitchen? George Clarke explains in this episode of Smarter Homes many quick and easy ways of achieving this! From keeping your fridge freezer packed, to washing your clothes at 30°C instead of 40°C - it all makes a huge difference! More information available @ http://www.diy.com/eco
Want to save money on central heating? George Clarke provides some top tips on exactly how to do this in episode 2 of Smarter Homes.
George Clarke introduces you to what a smarter home is and how it can help you to save money and the environment.