Sustainable housing is all about designing more eco-friendly living spaces that are energy-efficient and cost-effective. Climate change has been a hot topic for many years and significant progress has been made to make housing more sustainable. Fortunately, it is now easier than ever to create housing that is both environmentally-friendly and affordable. To inspire you, here are the biggest sustainable housing trends for the next decade.

Container homes

One of the simplest ways to make new homes more sustainable is by building them from recycled materials. Fortunately, there is now an extensive variety of green construction materials available – from repurposed concrete and wood to salvaged brick and glass. You can even make a functional and stylish home from an old shipping container. Container homes are the ultimate green dwellings and provide a cost-effective and eco-friendly solution to housing. Many companies now offer container conversion services where they can customise a shipping container to meet your family’s exact needs and requirements. You can find more information on shipping container homes and their benefits by visiting S Jones Containers.

Smart home technology

Smart home technology has made it easier than ever for households to reduce their carbon footprint and lower their monthly energy bills. For instance, smart thermostats make it easier for people to manage their home’s temperature and reduce energy waste. Homeowners can use this technology to manage their home heating systems remotely via an app on their smart device. Smart thermostats also provide homeowners with lots of valuable data to help them identify ways to further reduce their energy use. Upgrading to a smart thermostat is quick and easy and could reduce your average heating bills by around 31% according to experts at uswitch.com. Other popular green home technology includes smart electronics such as lights that switch off automatically when you leave the room. There is a huge variety of smart home technologies on the market that can help you make your existing systems more eco-friendly. Make sure you research how smart home technology could be used to make your living space more efficient and eco-friendly.

Net-zero homes

Net-zero homes produce as much renewable energy as they use, which means they offset carbon emissions and cause no harm to the environment. This is achieved through a combination of smart technology, energy-efficient construction, solar panels, and other renewable energy sources. In the UK, net-zero homes are on the rise and the country welcomed its first net-zero energy neighbourhood at the end of 2019. The green building project can be found in Oxfordshire and features 25 net-zero houses that are powered entirely by solar energy. In support of sustainable housing, the government has pledged to make all new homes net zero in the next three years. It is expected that this could save people living in new builds around £200 per year through the energy-saving benefits.

Renewable energy

Government research shows that houses account for around 30% of the UK’s total energy use. In a bid to reduce harmful emissions, many households have embraced renewable energy like wind and solar power. Switching to green energy offers homeowners several fantastic benefits including a lower carbon footprint and reduced monthly energy bills. Luckily, switching to green energy is now easier than ever and many UK households are choosing to have solar panels installed on their properties to generate part, if not all, of their household’s energy needs. Once the initial installation fees have been paid off (typically in 6-9 years) you will essentially have access to a free clean energy source. This means that you’ll never have to worry about annual electricity increases again. Having solar panels installed on your property is also a highly visible means of showing your support for a sustainable future and could even increase your property value in the long-run. For these reasons, solar power has become a highly attractive alternative to traditional fossil fuels such as coal and gas.

Final thoughts

Global warming is having a hugely negative impact on our planet and it’s time that everyone takes action to reduce harmful carbon emissions. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways to make your home more sustainable. This includes building from recycled materials, installing smart home technology, and switching to renewable energy. Use some of the tips above to lower your carbon footprint, cut your monthly energy bills, and make your home appeal more to eco-conscious buyers if you decide to sell.

 

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