Live Greener and Save Money Doing It
Buying a house is one of the most exciting and expensive investments you could hope to achieve in your lifetime. Exciting, because you have the freedom to put your own special brand of style and design on a fresh canvas; or the opportunity to fix up and improve on features that caught your eye. Expensive, because the costs both known, unknown, hidden in paperwork and of course those to come, will take a sizeable chunk of your budget and salary. One cost which many people tend to overlook is the lack of economic implementation. “Going green” has been a tag line for many energy saving groups and the property market is no exception. As prices have risen over the last few years, energy consumption has been taken more seriously.
Nowadays when browsing many leading property search websites you will see the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for each listing. This is a good start to get you on the green awareness path but there are more ways to use less energy, which will save more money in future. The infographic below by Baines & Ernst entitled “How to Live More Economically and Save the Planet” breaks down where households use [waste] the most energy, how to prevent this and how to cut costs by living a little greener.