Going green with your loft conversions

In recent years there has been a notable shift in the way many businesses and other organisations are run, reflecting an increasing change of political and social attitudes.  That’s right, the country is going green – and Modern Attics is no exception!

We’re all familiar with how much of a pain the gas bill can be – all that money just going towards keeping warm!  More and more people are understanding the impact of this on a global scale too, with the use of finite fossil fuel resources that release environmentally damaging chemicals.  This has led to an increase in the use of insulating materials to economise a home’s energy usage.  After all, keeping heat in your house means you don’t have to use as much energy in the first place, being kinder to both the environment and your bank balance!

Existing building regulations are already leaning towards environmentally friendly by encouraging the use of such insulation but we at Modern Attics like to stay a step ahead, and offer even greener alternatives to the standard insulating material such as sheep’s wool.  Clearly these higher quality products will cost a little more initially but their greater effectiveness leads to bigger savings in the long term.

Insulation is all well and good, but there are other ways to make a loft conversion ecological.  Consider, for example, all the water that gets wasted every time you wash your hands, shower or do the dishes – the leftover ‘grey water’ isn’t exactly the cleanest thing in the world, but is still a viable alternative to fresh water for purposes such as in flushing toilets.  Considering the average toilet uses around 7 litres per flush, the potential benefits of this process are clear, and this system can be incorporated into many of our loft conversions – just contact us for a free survey.

If you’re interested in bringing your bills down as well as minimising your fossil fuel usage, consider the use of solar panels in your loft build.  Along with wind turbines, these are being strongly prompted by the government and conservation organisations as a way of reducing national energy requirements.  Granted, the UK isn’t the sunniest place in the world, but modern solar panels are far more efficient than they used to be.  They don’t need a constant supply of tropical sunlight in order to work and can function even on cloudy days, providing your home with a supply of electricity to reduce your electrical bills and environmental impact.  If any surplus electricity is generated, you can sell it back to the National Grid too!

In addition, all the timber we use for our loft conversions comes from a renewable source – so whether you choose any of the aforementioned environmentally friendly features or not, it’s always a green choice when you consult Modern Attics.  Get in touch with us today for a free loft survey and quotation or to assess the suitability of your plans for any of these ecological options.

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