We don’t live alone and we don’t have infinite resources. Caring about the environment has been a constant when we first had these two realisations. However, we can’t be completely, one hundred percent “green”: we do need to create resources and make our way in the world, using property and space. What we then need to consider is a middle-ground, considering our impact and space, but also our limited resources and sharing with others.
Start simple: consider bulbs and furniture
Before considering the house, consider your furniture. After all, we all know buying a property and/or repairing it is one of the most expenses we will ever have. Furniture is a small but achievable step on the road to eco-friendly concern and remaking our property, in light of a green way of thinking.
For example, buy furniture made out of recycled material. Quality and design need not suffer just because there is an environmental edge to the items: indeed, some look as tasteful as any other modern equipment, made with little concern for environmental impact.
The walls and lights
Insulation matters greatly – since this means that any heat generated doesn’t get automatically lost to the surrounding environment.
As The Telegraph notes: “Uninsulated cavity walls can be almost as wasteful as uninsulated lofts.” But it also matters what we insulate with.
For example, there could be a case of doing too much insulation. Lloyd Alter notes:
A super-insulated house made from XPS could take a hundred years for the energy savings on heating and cooling to pay back the global warming caused by the release of the blowing agents.
The house itself
Of course, a house isn’t just a house: walls, furniture, etc, as we noted are part of it (or any property you own). We can purchase better lights that use less electricity and are themselves part of an environmental focus; we even get doors from recycled wood instead of newly cut trees. Solar panels on the roof can aid us to use less electricity.
We can even form habits, such as turning off lights we’re not using; we can consume less hot water and turn the geyser off when it’s not in use.
Of course to achieve all this, we should remember that we still pay in cash. This is why it might be necessary to acquire a home loan of some kind, which you’re able to manage. Ooba home loans is an effective, well-recognised and trusted way to not only get your home – but, by managing your finances, you can also be a thoughtful home owner, helping the environment, too.