How to create a sustainable home

Ever-popular with self-builders and eco-enthusiasts alike, a sustainable home is becoming a very desirable option.

Do it right and you can reduce your carbon footprint, and save yourself on your monthly bills. If it’s something you’re considering, you may be wondering what can you do to create an eco-friendly, sustainable home? Commercial and industrial equipment specialist Slingsby advises the following…

In the home…
Choose the location of the build wisely.
Make sure you build it east-facing, to enjoy the sunlight, and that there are great public transport links from there – this will allow you to travel to work in an eco-friendly way too.

Keep it as small as possible.
A smaller home has a smaller environmental impact, and requires less energy to heat.

Build with sustainable materials.
The products you use are essential in making your home eco-friendly. Choose materials that are made out of renewable and natural materials, such as cork or bamboo, or recycled glass, plastic or wood. Make sure you consider the roofing, walls and flooring!

Ensure you insulate.
This will reduce your energy consumption from heating your home, as it will trap hot air in the home, and prevent heat loss.

Consider solar panels for energy supply.
Natural, renewable power for your home can be gained from solar power. The panels allow you to reduce your energy consumption and potentially provide access energy to your utility company. They are an initial investment that provide long-term savings.

Install low-flush toilets.
A simple but effective eco-conscious choice, this can drop your water usage from six gallons to 1.5 per flush. This will reduce water usage – and bills.

Choose pre-loved furniture.
Have fun with your décor by shopping for pre-loved furniture. Search charity shops, markets and online – you’ll be surprised at the bargains you can get your hands on!

In the garden…
Start a compost heap and throw organic waste on it.
In six to nine months’ time, you’ll have fantastic compost for your garden.

Plant an edible garden.
With this one, everyone’s a winner. You benefit from fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, and in return you are making a more eco-friendly choice than food that has been packaged and transported to supermarkets.

Avoid using pesticides.
Plant flowers such as sunflowers and marigolds, to attract ladybirds  in the process keep aphids at bay. Install bird feeders to attract birds to eat slugs and caterpillars as well.

Recycle your packaging.
Collect small containers to begin nurturing seedlings, and larger containers and jars for when they have grown.