There are many ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint, not only around the home but in life in general. The eco-conscious amongst us are always looking for ways in which we can do our bit to protect the environment. From what and how we recycle, to the car that we drive, every little helps. When it comes to reducing your carbon footprint around the home, there are a number of ways you can achieve this. Perhaps the biggest is cutting down on your energy use.

Reducing Energy Use – Simple Things

There are many ways in which we waste energy. It’s surprising how much we would save over the course of 12 months if we simply did a few simple things:

  • Turn lights off when you leave a room
  • Use more energy efficient lightbulbs
  • Have showers instead of baths
  • Do not leave TVs on standby
  • Turn the heating down, or off when possible
  • Fix draughts from windows etc.
  • Recycle more (not just the plastic bottles or cans)
  • There are also measures that we can undertake that will have a much greater impact, reducing the energy that we use and cutting down on our bills (therefore saving money).

    Improving the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

    Insulation

    Ensuring that your home is properly insulated will save you money. It will regulate the temperature within your home and cut down on the heating bills. It will also make you more eco-friendly. It doesn’t necessarily have to be cavity wall insulation, it could be simple things like new windows or a new conservatory roof. A conservatory roof is an effective way of reducing your carbon footprint around the home. In fact, it’s probably the one room that is the least energy efficient. Just think about how much heat is lost through that inadequate Perspex roof.

    If your current conservatory is a few years old and in need of an upgrade, you could be wasting lots of energy trying to heat it so that it is bearable in winter.

    We regularly receive enquiries from customers who want a solution to ensure that they can enjoy their conservatory throughout the year, probably more so since the recent pandemic forcing people to spend more time in their homes.

    A Guardian Warm Roof is certainly one way to make your conservatory, and your home more energy efficient. In addition to this, it’s also a practical way to make better use of the space.

    Save on Energy Bills

    It stands to reason that if you switch to a more thermally insulated solution that regulates the temperature in your conservatory, it’s going to save you money. You are not wasting energy on heating the conservatory when it’s really cold in winter. You also don’t need to worry about expensive air conditioning units or fans that will cool it down in summer.

    Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    Reduce your carbon footprint as you use less energy on heating. You will save on your central heating our other heat sources and reduce energy used by electric fans or air con units.

    Efficiency

    The Guardian™ roof is fully energy efficient achieving a maximum U value of 0.18 W/m2K. This enables a conservatory to be used as an extra living space all-year round!

    The Guardian™ roof is also fully approved by the LABC Local Authority Building Control and is fully Guaranteed.

    Effective Lighting

    Another way to cut down on your heating is to look for more natural sources of light to flood the home. Perhaps you want to introduce more light into a flat roof extension. As well as bi-fold doors, consider an overhead solution such as an aluminium roof lantern. This natural source of light means that you will have more light during the day and will be able to keep those lights off for longer. You also won’t need quite so much artificial lighting from the outset.

    sustainable aluminium roof lantern

    A thermally insulated solution such as the Sheerline S1 Aluminium Roof Lantern ensures that you have a natural source of light which is specifically built with Thermolock technology to provide better insulation.

    Other Tips for Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

    What appliances do you have in your home? Is your washing machine as eco-friendly as it could be? Could you be washing your clothes at a lower temperature. Does your dishwasher do its bit for the environment or do you run it unnecessarily? What wattage are your lightbulbs and are there any other ways in which you could be more environmentally conscious such as putting washing on the line rather than tumble drying it?

    If you are looking for a more eco-friendly conservatory roof, or are considering your options for a flat roof extension then we can help. Just check out our product details for more information.