Make your Home Environment Friendly

By: amenda dorothy

Some people believe that a green home is out of bound for an average earner. Actually, what holds homeowners is the perceived cost of a green home. But, if you are ready to spend now and save later on, a green home can be a good choice. Besides, you would contribute in keeping the environment healthy and liveable.

Due to paucity of resources, the necessity for more energy-efficiency is driving the trend towards green homes. You can save a lot through low water consumption, efficient energy consumption and healthy living. Many green home building methods also preserve materials. Using durable and green materials means less in repair and replacement costs. For many, it is not the costs but green living that matters. Even the costs easily get set off in long-term.

Green homes use solar panels to heat water. It needs an investment of about ?2,000 or more. Although grants may be available, you can also decide to take out home improvement loans. Using your home as a security, you can get up to ?200,000 in the form of secured home improvement loans. The rate of interest is quite low - about 6-7 per cent - provided you have a good credit history.

You must be thinking that what good all this huge expenditure will bring to you. The reality is that a green home is not only good for the environment but it is good for your body and health as well. Traditional wood finishes - milk paints, shellacs and waxes - are back in use because they are beneficial for sensitive lungs and allergy victims in comparison to petroleum-based products.

You should first chart out a plan regarding what you need in your home. A green home may have Wind turbine, Solar panels, and Photovoltaic cells, Double glazing, Ground source heat pump, Insulation, Water butt, etc. Thereafter, you should consider the expenses involved. Home improvement loans may prove handy if you have little savings than what is needed.

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