We at Gruen Eco Design are passionate about sustainable design; because we believe sustainable design can and must be affordable for everyone.
Even small changes can have a huge impact on your energy bills and how comfortable your home feels.
1 Draught Sealing
1 Most of us cannot afford to replace windows but weather-stripping them and closing off walls and ceiling vents can make a huge difference.
In an ideal world your house should have a continuous insulation layer, but even if you can only insulate certain parts of your house it will make a huge difference.
Start with adding insulation to the ceiling/roof.
Then look at the walls. There are several options available on how to retrofit insulation to existing walls.
Next you should look at the floor. Same thing here, even if access is limited, just insulating the areas you can get to will have a big impact.
3 External Shading
Try to keep the sun out of your house in summer, rather than cooling your house down once it’s too hot. Plant deciduous trees in front of windows or install external blinds. Even most hardware stores have some simple and often quite cheap solutions available.