Welcome to eco home essentials, let me ask you a question.
Of course you would!
I've lived in lots of different types of homes over the years from an eco home (new build) to my current home, an old solid stone walled house (built in c.1900) on the coast (so very windy and cold) and some of my biggest expenses (and I'm guessing yours) on an on-going basis are fuel costs, such as electricity, gas, oil etc.
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 house energy efficient is achievable. From simple changes to what you already have, right through to the more expensive options and eco friendly technologies further up the price range.
This site is primarily aimed towards people who want to improve their existing or older homes into energy efficient homes.
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.
You'll also learn to appreciate how your high bills are affected by little things most of us just don't know to look for and once you do they're really simple to avoid. Things like poorly installed or incorrectly specified insulation, draughts and ventilation.
If you can get the simple things right you're well on your way to reducing your bills significantly.
Not necessarily, you can enjoy the benefits of lower energy costs while protecting the environment and without spending a fortune.
Let me show you how.
We can all reduce the amount of energy we consume within our homes and it's not as difficult as you might imagine. We may not all be able to afford to upgrade our homes to Passivhaus standards, but everyone can do something to reduce their bills and make their home more energy efficient.
So forget about the fancy solar panels and heat pumps (for now) and start with the basics. They're not glamorous but they are essential if you want to achieve the best results possible.
Only when you get these basics right, should you move onto the fancy stuff like solar and heat pumps etc.
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/or photovoltaic panels on them all the time, but most of them are draughty and poorly insulated.
That means they have a much higher demand for heat than they need to have.
If the owners of those homes had put the money they spent on the solar panels into insulation and draught proofing. Their home would have needed less heat (as it would hold onto the heat for longer). That means their boiler would fire less often and there be cheaper to run.
Plus when they do get round to upgrading their boiler or installing solar panels, the energy demand of their home will be lower, so they can install a smaller boiler/heat pump or less solar panels to meet that lower demand. And smaller items are typically cheaper to buy and run.
Here at Eco Home Essentials, I try to break down the jargon and keep things as simple as possible, By educating yourself and arming yourself with as much knowledge as possible, you can understand what the sales reps or suppliers are talking about and see when they may not be telling you everything you need to know.
You'll 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 like to explain the disadvantages as well as the advantages with all aspects of your upgrade to an energy efficient home.
I'm aware it can be a bit daunting when trying to figure out what you need to do to improve the efficiency of your home.
You start with what appears to be a pretty straightforward task and before you know it, you've gone down a rabbit hole of online advice and you're totally confused.
Honestly I get it and I've been there myself.
So, I now offer two products that will help steer you in the right direction, without all the typical confusion:
Both of these can be purchased through my shop.
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.
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 (but in my opinion the most important things to get right) 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.