Over the past decade, more and more of the world’s population has begun to recognize the effects of climate change. This has resulted in campaigns from environmental groups and scientists pushing for measures to be put in place to limit the human impact on the environment, from suggesting individual changes that can be made in our day-to-day lives to extreme changes that need putting in place to curtail the emissions being pumped out by large corporations – who account for over 70% of harmful emissions.
However, everyone has a role to play, and making certain alterations to your home is something that everyone can engage in to do their part. Here are three ways you could make a difference with your home:
Make Your Home More Eco Friendly
Although it is often overlooked by the vast majority of homeowners, the home siding material that covers the exterior of your home can vary in terms of environmental impact. There are plenty of options on the market if you’re replacing the siding on your house or building a new property, including vinyl, steel, wood, and stone, but if you’re in the market for something that will help limit your impact on the environment, there’s really only one option that can be considered: engineered wooden siding.
This is a composite material comprising of wood and resin that is waterproof and durable. Safe for pets and the environment, this siding is attractive and useful in environmental terms and, treated with zinc borate, creates resistance against fungal decay and pests. So, if you’re looking at making your home better for the environment, this is the first step you can take!
The vast majority of homes lose a lot of the heat they conduct, making them inefficient and therefore bad for the environment. The more heat that escapes your property via small gaps, thin windows, and uninsulated walls, the worse it is for the environment. So, looking into different insulating options could be extremely helpful in terms of the impact your home has on the environment.
We all know about the type of insulation that you can have in a cavity wall, your loft, and other areas of your home, but there are other options, too – including solid wall insulation, external wall insulation, and underfloor insulation.
Although we still rely on fossil fuels to produce energy, this is not our only means of obtaining it. Many homeowners are looking to get their supply from companies who either use renewable energy or invest in renewable resources to counteract climate change.
Researching those companies is one way to reduce your carbon footprint, but you can also look into installing solar panels on the roof of your home to generate your own renewable energy. While expensive, it is a big step in terms of lessening your impact on the environment.
Every day, there are various small steps we can all take to help the world heal and recover from the damage we have wrought on the world, but the above suggestions can go a substantial way in lessening your own personal impact on the world we inhabit.