Welcome to eco home essentials, let me ask you a question.
Of course you would!
Not necessarily, you can enjoy the benefits of lower energy costs while protecting the environment and I'll show you how.
I believe we should all be trying to reduce the amount of energy we consume within our homes by as much as possible and that way we have a lower demand for fuels. I accept we may not all be able to afford to upgrade our homes to Passivhaus standards, but we can all start small and build on it.
So while I do cover the various green technologies that are available they should not be the first things on your wish list. I see houses with solar thermal panels and photovoltaic panels on them all the time, but they're draughty and poorly insulated so they have a much higher demand for power than they need to have. Their owners would have been much better placed to have focused on points 1-5 initially. Then when their demand for energy was as low as possible they could have, if really necessary, have put in smaller panels at a lower cost to supply any additional power they required.
Here at Eco Home Essentials, I'll also try to break down the jargon so you can understand what the sales reps or suppliers are talking about. That way you'll be able to arm yourself with the relevant information that you need and be able to ask them the pertinent questions and know if they're simply 'bluffing you' or if they really know what they're talking about.
I'll explain all the basics of what to look out for, what the advantages and disadvantages are and more importantly show you how to figure out which of the technologies will work for you and which won't.
As a home owner, I've owned an eco home (new build) and I now live in an old house (built in c.1900) and some of my biggest expenses (and I'm guessing yours) on an on-going basis are fuel costs such as electricity, gas, oil, water heating, space heating and water charges.
They're never ending, every month (or every quarter), they arrive like clockwork and you've no choice but to pay them...
... Or do you?
At Eco Home Essentials I believe you do have a choice.
So I'm going to show you that making you home more energy efficient is achievable through simple changes to what you already have, right through to the more expensive options and eco friendly technologies further up the price range.
I'll show you how to improve your existing home, or what to consider when extending. The site is primarily aimed towards people who want to improve their existing or older homes into energy efficient houses. But I'll also cover some options for building new or adding extensions. So if you want to convert your existing property into your ideal green eco home or just carry out a few simple improvements that will reduce your energy consumption and your running costs, you're in the right place.
Once you understand how the simple things that you may never have given a second thought, like vapour barriers and controlled ventilation etc. can make a huge difference, you might be surprised at how straight forward it is to create your very own eco home.
If you can get the simple things right you're well on your way to reducing your bills significantly.
Having worked as a surveyor for almost 30 years (apart from feeling old) I’ve come to realise that most of us want similar things when it comes to our homes:
… and if possible we want to achieve the above in as environmental friendly a way as possible.
The good news is, that it is possible (no matter what your budget) to improve the efficiency of your home.
Whether you've little or no money available to spend on turning your home into an eco-home or you’ve got a large budget to do a complete refurbishment. There are always things that you can do today to get your bills down and become more environmentally friendly in the process.
There are really only two basic types of properties to start with (I'll drill down deeper into each type later in the site).
My name is Jeremy and I've worked as a Chartered Surveyor since 1996 inspecting residential properties.
I’ve also worked as a domestic energy assessor carrying out EPCs on residential property.
I've even worked with many of the renewable companies in the boiler, solar panel, ventilation, condensation, biomass and insulation sectors.
Within this site I cover all the popular green technologies, from the obvious ones such as solar panels and wind turbines, solar hot water and low energy light bulbs to the less well known technologies such as biomass energy and the often overlooked details such as insulation, vapour barriers, ventilation and draughts.
Please feel free to browse through my eco home articles and if you’ve got a question do get in touch. If I can help I’ll be glad to and if I can’t I should be able to steer you in the right direction.