Free Home Insulation: Could it be too good to be true?
Ever heard the saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”? In most cases it’s true! So why the hell should we believe that something like home insulation could ever be free? Especially as it’s what we would consider to be an expensive home improvement.
Well it all boils down to the UK government and their efficiency goals. They have developed incentives for homeowners in England to get sustainable and energy-efficient heating systems into their homes. Not only are they providing cheap and often fully-funded insulation options, they are also creating jobs whilst reducing the UK’s carbon footprint and cutting down the cost of energy bills.
This £2 billion government policy means a lot for the environment, but what can it do for you?
Today we’ll talk about:
- How sustainability benefits you and your household
- How the UK’s Green Homes Grant works
- How you can incorporate other forms of sustainability in your lifestyle
The advantages of sustainability: make the switch today
Sustainability is defined as practices that are not harmful to the environment. This means living in a way that doesn’t deplete natural resources, returning the environment to its healthy state.
If this sounds worrying – it’s because it is. Over the years, we’ve slowly been using up our natural resources and haven’t found ways to replace them sufficiently. We’ve not been treating our planet the right way, and now we’re experiencing the consequences of our actions.
But with a sustainable way of living, we are reminded that the earth’s resources are not unlimited, and we can start to take the necessary steps to help our planet get back on its feet. This includes both short term and long term plans for the global community.
This issue illustrates why it is crucial to make the switch to sustainability today. We should be mindful of what we consume, how we consume it, and how we dispose of these things.
Here are some ways you can go green:
Tip 1: Learn more about how you can be more sustainable
One of the easiest and cost-effective ways to live sustainably is to firstly, learn about it. Read up on what it means to go green and effective ways to do so. It might even be worth looking into companies that support the cause!
Think about your daily activities, and by making the small switches from say, driving to walking, or using the same carrier bag when shopping, can have a positive compounding effect.
Tip 2: Purchase sustainably
Look for brands that offer zero-waste, sustainable, or eco-friendly products when purchasing essentials. Many brands have already taken steps to create products such as toothpaste, shampoos, sustainable silverware, modes of transportation, and the like!
The critical factor though is to limit unnecessary consumption or purchase of items. This means, if you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Easier said than done, right?!
Tip 3: Conserve energy
Many of the current systems of energy we have in place are not designed to help our environment.
We tend to use precious resources that ultimately drain the planet of the things we need such as water. This is why we need to make the switch to conserving energy through gradual and sustainable steps.
For example, instead of using up gas and fuel, switch to electric transportation. Or perhaps you could invest in solar panels to avoid tapping into the grid.
Unfortunately, not everyone can afford such luxuries, but you can still be sustainable on a budget!
Green Homes Grant
As mentioned, the UK government has granted vouchers to homeowners who need to replace their old, inefficient heating systems.
If you apply for the Green Homes Grant, you can get up to £5,000 or even £10,000 to install more eco-friendly insulation systems. Simply check if you are eligible for the grant and apply.