To coincide with Earth Day 2021, Homebuilding & Renovating and the wider Future Homes Network, including Real Homes (opens in new tab) and Ideal Home (opens in new tab) have joined forces to launch Green Homes Month, a campaign to raise awareness of ways we can all make our homes more energy efficient.
Over the next month, we will be sharing the best advice, ideas and products to help you reduce your carbon footprint. Making your home greener is not only better for the environment, but it can also help significantly reduce energy bills. It's a win-win.
Why Green Homes are the Future
The greening up of our homes is inevitable, especially if the UK is to meet its net zero emissions target by 2050.
Around 14% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from heating our homes, and it is expected that the majority of existing UK homes will need to be retrofitted in some way.
There are simple, inexpensive ways you can make your home greener, such as swapping to LED lightbulbs or using smart plugs, but if you are looking for something more substantial, making sure your home has efficient insulation is a good starting point. You could even install solar panels.
For those planning to self build, adopting a fabric-first approach is a great way to integrate multiple green measures into your building envelope from the design stage. You might choose to build with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), opt for triple glazed windows and install an MVHR system, for example.
This month you can follow our Green Homes Month activity online, or join us at the Virtual Homebuilding & Renovating Spring Show (opens in new tab) this weekend.
Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and is the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating, a role he has had since 2019. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms.
He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.
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