Energy Usage

Energy Usage

The energy that’s used in our homes accounts for a big chunk of overall energy consumption. Because of this, an increasing number of people are now looking for ways to make their More »

Building a Green Home

Building a Green Home

If you’re planning on building a new home then you have many things to consider. Things like the number of bedrooms, the size of the house and the materials used to build More »

Benefits of Green Housing

Benefits of Green Housing

Helping the environment and reducing carbon emissions is now an urgent matter. With more people on the planet than ever, it’s essential that everyone does their part. One of the best ways More »

Green Housing Trends

Green Housing Trends

A huge portion of the carbon dioxide emissions in the UK come from housing. Although the government has taken some steps to make the country more environmentally-friendly, many organisations feel they’re still More »

 

Have You Ever Dreamed of Owning a Thatched Roof Home?

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a thatched roof home then you’re not alone. Many people in the UK love the unique look that a thatched roof provides.

If you’re thinking of purchasing a thatched roof property there are certain things you need to be aware of. Below are some of the main ones.

There’s a good chance it will be a listed property

Listed properties are those that are judged to be of significant historical or cultural interest. Many thatched roof properties are listed, which can make it harder to get a mortgage for them. 

Something else to consider is that if the property is listed, you have a responsibility to keep it as close to its original state as possible. This means if you want to have any structural work done on the property, you need to obtain written permission from the council first.

You’ll need to get a special type of insurance

Because building a thatched roof requires special expertise, you’ll need to obtain an insurance policy from a specialist thatched roof property insurance provider.

Luckily the internet has made it much easier to obtain quotes for thatched roof property insurance so it shouldn’t be too much of a challenge to get a policy at a reasonable price.

It’s always a good idea to have it professionally valued

Thatched roof properties are generally specialist properties that need professional expertise in order to be valued properly. There are many factors to take into account when valuing a thatched roof property, such as the location, its historical value, the rebuild costs and the size amongst other things.

You’ll need to have an electrical inspection

This is important for your own safety and for insurance purposes. One of the biggest concerns that insurers have when it comes to thatched properties is safety. The risk of fire is increased significantly if there are any exposed wires so a proper electrical inspection by a professional is a must.

You’ll want to have the chimney and flue inspected

Most thatched roof properties have a working fireplace, which certainly helps to add to the charm. However a fireplace and chimney can be a fire hazard if they’ve not been properly inspected for a long time. One of the first things you’ll want to do after you purchase a thatched roof property therefore, is have the chimney and flue inspected by a professional.

How to Protect Your Green Home from Flooding

If you own a green home then you’re likely very conscious about the environment. This being the case you’ll know that nature can be cruel, especially where natural disasters such as flooding is concerned.

There are many areas in the UK that are susceptible to flooding and if you happen to live in one of these high-risk areas then it’s important to be prepared for the worst.

With this in mind, below are some of the best ways to protect your home from flood damage.

Invest in flood barriers

Flood barriers are always worth investing in if you live in an area that’s at high risk of flooding. Flood barriers are lightweight and can be set up very quickly in order to minimise the amount of water that gets into your property.

Flood barriers can be purchased for quite a reasonable price and are easy to store in a garage or shed. You’ll certainly be glad you have them if the time comes where they’re needed.

Get good insurance

If you live in an area that’s known to be at risk of flooding then it’s a very good idea to get flood insurance for your property. This will ensure that you’re fully compensated for the damage that’s caused as a result of the flooding.

If your property has been damaged by flooding then it’s always recommended that you take as many pictures as possible of the interior and exterior of your property to show it. You should only do this when it’s safe to do so of course.

If you want to get flood insurance quotes from a panel of specialist flood insurance providers then http://www.insureflood.co.uk/ is an excellent site for this.

Invest in tiled flooring rather than carpets

Tiled flooring is the most resistant so if your home is flooded, you’ll be able to recover much faster and won’t need to have your flooring replaced as would be the case with fitted carpets.

You can still use large rugs if you want to create a more homely feel but it’s better to avoid fitted carpets if you think that flooding is likely to occur at some point in the future.

 

The Benefits of Owning a Green Home

Green homes are homes that have been adapted or built to be environmentally-friendly. Unlike traditional homes, green homes prioritise a minimal use of resources and aim to derive power from natural sources.

Below are some of the biggest benefits of owning a green home –

  • Better for your health – One of the great things about living in a home that doesn’t rely on fossil fuels for power is that it creates a much healthier atmosphere with better quality air to breath. This means green homes are especially good for people who are prone to respiratory problems.
  • Great for the environment – Another obvious benefit of a green home is that it’s great for the environment. The burning of fossil fuels contributes greatly to the destruction of the ozone layer and the energy use in domestic properties is a big part of the problem. Because green homes make use of energy through natural sources, such as the sun, they’re much kinder to the environment.
  • A great sense of well-being – It can seem like we’re constantly bombarded with stories about how much damage human beings are doing to the planet so it gives you a great sense of satisfaction to know that you’re not negatively contributing.

Things to consider when buying a green home

If you’re considering purchasing a green home then below are some of the main things to look out for.

  • Subsidence – Some green homes can suffer from subsidence, especially if they’re nearby large trees and shrubs.  If there is a risk of subsidence then you’ll need to get a subsidence insurance policy from a site such as Subsidence Insure. 
  • Location – The location of a green home is also very important. If you know what area you want to live in then it’s simply a matter of finding the green homes in that area and prioritising what’s most important to you. For example some people might prefer to live in a very natural environment with plenty of wildlife around, while others might want the best of both worlds and prefer there to be many modern amenities nearby.
  • Value – The value of the home is important since it will affect the price you pay for home insurance and also the resale value of the property.  It’s not a bad idea to get the property surveyed by a professional to ascertain its true value.

Brazilian Government plan to roll back environmental laws angers activists

The Brazilian government has angered environmental activists around the world by attempting to roll back the country’s laws that protect indigenous territories and the environment. The plans could have huge negative implications, including the possibility that the country could fail to meet its commitment to the Paris climate deal.

Deforestation of the Amazon is big concern in Brazil and the two initiatives proposed by the Brazilian government would certainly not help that cause. The timing could not be worse either, coming after the announcement of a 29% jump in Amazon deforestation – the highest level for 8 years.

The bill has been put off for over a decade but is now being pushed by congressman, Mauro Pereira. The bill seeks to overhaul Brazil’s strict environmental licensing laws and give Brazilian states the ability to decide which licences a project should have. A big reason behind the push for the new bill is due to the amount of business Brazil currently loses to neighbouring countries that have faster processes.

Around 250 individuals and businesses have strongly opposed the bill and have signed a letter that condemns the bill and explains how it could lead to more environmental disasters in the future.

 

Hydro scheme at Snowdonia National Park refused due to environmental concerns

The plans for a new £12m energy scheme at Snowdonia National Park have been refused by NRW.

The plan was to use water from the River Conwy for a hydroelectric scheme but this will now not go ahead due to the negative effect it would have on the environment.

RWE Innogy UK are the company who applied for the permit and claimed that its hydro power stations in the area could provide power to more than 3,200 households. However their plans faced major opposition from environmentalists and businesses among others, who feared that the scheme would greatly reduce the amount of water from the waterfall.

The reason the permit was refused was because the company wanted to extract too much water.

Head of operations for NRW, Sian Williams, had the following to say –

“The Conwy is an important natural asset for the area and we’ve conducted a detailed assessment of the proposals before reaching this decision. We support sustainable developments in the right places.
But the evidence we’ve scrutinised shows that the proposal submitted could harm the local environment. As such, we can’t grant it a permit.”