Keen to boost your green credentials whilst maximising the value of your home? Try these techniques to tick both boxes.
1. Solar PV
Roof-mounted solar panels can bump up the value of your home, and the new technologies mean that they are highly efficient and suitable even in parts of the UK which aren't necessarily sun-drenched year-round! If your roof isn't suitable and you have a large outdoor space, look at ground-mounted alternatives or a micro wind turbine.
2. Smart Tech
The latest range of domestic smart technologies can help you to optimise your energy usage from the source. This real-time information can help you to better control the temperatures in your home and to avoid energy wastage. Today's buyers are interested in features such as smart tech to enjoy comfortable homes that are cheap to run.
3. Ground-Heat Pump
Enjoy cosy underfloor heating with your own geothermal ground pump. Different technologies exist, so the first step is to find a professional installer to carry out an assessment of your property.
4. A Wind Turbine
Yes, we're all used to huge turbines out at sea or on fields, but it's also possible to have a small domestic-sized turbine on your land or a roof in order to capture the wind's energy and to harness it to drive a generator. Install solar PV and a small wind turbine and you really could be one step smaller to energy self-reliance - and better eco-credentials too!
5. Better Home Design
If you lay out your home in the right way, you can enjoy better warmth and cooling year-round. Invest in energy-efficient appliances and don't push furniture right up against radiators. Use windows to ventilate your home rather than automatically turning on the ACV, and install a biomass burner.