How To Eco-vate Your Home

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Eco-vating is a means of renovating your home in order to make it more eco-friendly. On top of saving the planet, choosing more eco-friendly methods can help save you a lot of money. It could lower your energy bills and up the value of your home. Here are just a few ecovation methods to consider.

Insulate your home

Uninsulated homes lose heat faster. This results in having to turn on the heating more often, using up more gas or electricity (depending on you heating source).

The loft is the most common place where people lose heat. In fact, as much as 30% of a home’s heat can be lost through an uninsulated roof. You can install your own insulation by buying a thermal wool material such as fibreglass or using insulating panels. Alternatively, you could hire a professional to blow foam insulation into the walls of your loft.

Windows and doors are another place where can easily be lost. Replacing your windows and doors with more energy-efficient versions could help to contain heat. Alternatively, you could use simple DIY methods such as using draft excluders on doors and applying window insulating film to windows.

Other modes of insulation include cavity wall insulation, pipe insulation and floor insulation. Newer properties may already be insulated enough that they don’t need these upgrades, whilst older properties may have little insulation at all.

Switch to sustainable energy sources

Mains electricity and gas is commonly produced by burning fossil fuels, although providers are more commonly using sustainable energy sources. Going off-grid and providing your own gas and electricity could make your home greener and cheaper to run in some cases. Installing solar panels could allow you to generate your own electricity from the power of the sun. Those in windy locations meanwhile may benefit from home wind turbines. Biomass boilers meanwhile are an energy-efficient method of heating that could allow you to do away with gas. All of these sustainable energy upgrades can be costly to implement, but could prevent you having to pay bills in the future.

Improve your water heating

If you still use an old water heating system, it could be time to upgrade to an electric tankless water heater. Rather than heating up gallons of water in a tank, these water heaters only heat up water when a hot water faucet is in use. These water heaters could help you to reduce your heating costs by as much 50%. It’s worth shopping around for water heaters to get the most effective one.

Recycle your water

Another way of making your home more eco-friendly could be to start recycling water. When it comes to gardening, most households can benefit by buying a rain barrel. This could allow you to use rainwater to sprinkle on your garden rather than using a hose connected to the water mains. You can also install a water recycling system in your home, which recycles wastewater from your sinks and shower to use for toilet flushing. This could help you to reduce your water consumption.

Make A Splash With These Bathroom Trends

Although it’s well known that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, it tends to be the bathroom that gets the raw end of the deal in the renovation stakes. Because we spend more time in our kitchens, cooking up a storm, socializing and having a chat with pals over coffee, we invest much more of our hard earned cash into the cabinetry, appliances, and styling within this hub of the home. However, the importance of a chic bathroom should not be underestimated. Take a look at these on-trend bathroom styles to inspire your next renovation project.

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The Essentials

The bathroom suite that you choose will set the tone for the entire room. You could opt for a rain head double shower, buy an elegant freestanding tub and opt for his and hers sinks. By giving your bathroom a boutique hotel look complete with floor to ceiling tiling, slate flooring, and subtle spotlights, you are creating a haven of relaxation. By showing off a lifestyle, it’s much easier to seduce potential buyers if you’re planning to sell anytime soon. In the meantime, you can light a candle or two, pour in the bath foam and enjoy a long hot soak in the tub after a particularly stressful day at work.

Mirrors

Many bathrooms are small and can feel dingy. If you’re particularly unlucky, you may not even have a window which means you have an extractor type fan to rely on to try and get rid of the moisture within the room. On top of this, natural light is at a bare minimum. To try and counteract this, you can install mirrors to bounce any light you do have across the room. Alongside tiles, with a sheen finish, you can increase the amount of reflective surface you have within your bathroom. You could select an antique or vintage mirror, opt for a mirror with a heavily beveled and expensive finish or choose something a little more modern like a theater dressing room type piece complete with surrounding lights.

Configuration

The en vogue trend at the moment is four piece suites. If you have the space try and separate out your bath and shower space. Others are choosing to concentrate more on the shower cubicle rather than the bath, opting for convenience rather than luxury. Keep your basin small to conserve space and hide the pipework and cistern of your toilet to create a more minimalist and unfussy finish to your renovation.

Don’t forget the finishing touches to a bathroom. You need to seal the windows, protect tiling grout from mold and scum and ensure that the showerhead remains free from limescale. There’s nothing worse than black mildew encroaching on your wonderful design. A clean bathroom is paramount.

Bathrooms, while not the hub of our homes, are an integral part. It’s vital that you’re able to invest the time and money needed in order to create a designer look that matches the rest of your home.