Green home improvements

Summer is the time for DIY. It’s not just home movers that could benefit from making a few home improvements, people that plan to stay put can enjoy their home more and maximise its full potential through a little bit of hard graft.

The sunny weather we have been enjoying so far has obviously been a major factor in encouraging people into gardens, into lofts, to paint walls and to build extensions. According to the British Retail Consortium, outdoor DIY sales rose in June, and there was a 1.2% year-on-year rise in the month, with the biggest increase being in London, where transactions were up by 11.6%.

When you are planning home improvements, you should take into account running costs as well as building costs. For example, although installing thicker insulation may cost you a few hundred quid extra, it pays for itself in two years and you will reduce your carbon footprint. According to the experts at Sound Renovation LLC, “A darker colored asphalt roof can easily reach 150 degrees or more on a hot day, resulting in added heat transferring down into a home.”

As the Government is steering us towards becoming a more efficient society, we need to make improvements of our own. Thankfully, according to one energy charity, we are already starting to make these positive changes.

According to British Eco Energy, renewable energy solutions are increasingly becoming central to DIY projects in the UK. This is largely due to a decrease in cost. The Energy Saving Trust recently carried out some research on the matter. It found that you could vastly increase the energy efficiency of your home for less than £3,000 and at the same time, greatly reduce your carbon footprint. What is most interesting, is that these home improvement measures will pay for themselves in two to ten years and then you can start making real savings.

The new Coalition Government is also trying to help you out in your commitment to green home improvements. A new pay-as-you-save energy scheme would mean homeowners could access a special investment bank to take out loans for energy efficiency improvements. This would be paid for through the energy bill savings that consumers would make as a result of great energy efficiency. So not only would we all save energy, and therefore reduce our carbon footprints, we would save money too.