Five ways to make your home greener

There are so many ways in which you can improve your home’s green credentials these days, ranging from relatively minor changes to large-scale adaptations. If you’re looking to make a greater contribution towards helping the environment, where better to start than in your own home? Here are five ways to do exactly that.

  1. Install new doors and windows

If your home has older-style doors and windows, the chances are they will be letting a significant amount of heat out, heat that should be helping you and your family to stay warmer on those cold winter days. You end up spending more on domestic energy, and of course the strain on our ever-depleting resources becomes greater. New doors and windows can reduce your heating costs and improve the home’s carbon footprint immediately, and they could be cheaper than you think

  • Consider renewable energy sources

Solar panels on the roofs of domestic homes and commercial premises are becoming an increasingly common sight these days, and it’s easy to understand why that should be. There are other options to consider as well, including hydro power, wind turbines and even solar air conditioning for the summer. To find out more about the choices that may or may not be suitable for you, simply contact Tayside Construction and ask for some friendly advice.

  • Invest in improved insulation

All the latest gadgets and gizmos can perform minor miracles in the home, but if your home is poorly insulated they will be under-performing on a daily basis. Whether you’re carrying out a few changes or you’re looking to completely renovate a building, high quality insulation products will help you keep the heat in, even on the coldest of days. Be sure to consider the ventilation aspect at the same time.

  • Use greener products within the home

The finishing touches of any project around the home is always likely to involve painting and decorating. These days, there are a number of paints, oils, varnishes and resins that are far greener than their predecessors used to be and won’t compromise on the overall finish. Take a look online to find out about water-soluble eco-paints, mineral- and plant-based pigments and environmentally friendly wood varnishes, or simply ask our specialists for more information.

  • Have a think about underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is easy to install, relatively inexpensive and extremely user-friendly. You may be considering replacing floors as part of a building renovation project, so this could be the perfect time to consider switching from traditional radiators. Feeling that lovely warmth rising up through your feet is a wonderful experience, especially when the temperatures outside are dropping!

Tayside Construction provides a comprehensive range of services to both domestic and residential customers in Dundee and across Perthshire. Call 01382 919 350 or 01738 505 888 to find out more. We have been supplying everything from small repairs to major new builds for many years, and we hope to be helping you soon.