6 Ways to Make Your Granny Flat More Green
Doing any home improvement project should require plenty of calculation and thorough planning, yet, not many people think of improving their granny flat in the “green” direction. Maybe they think green improvements cost an arm and a leg, or that you have to sacrifice modern comforts. Actually, none of these are true. Green home improvements can be very easy and cost-effective, and they can even make this type of home addition much more comfortable. So, let’s take a look at some of the best home improvement tips for a greener granny flat.
Just some small home improvements like recaulking your granny flat can have an amazing effect on your energy efficiency. No matter how well it was built, air is super tricky to stop and it will escape even through the tiniest of cracks. However, some sticky caulk can prevent those expensive watts from going to waste. Additionally, you have pretty much nothing to lose, especially if you consider the fact that an average tube of caulk costs around one dollar, with the best-quality ones being only a few dollars more!
Invest in smart thermostats
The biggest amount of energy is spent on keeping any space the optimal temperature, cooling it in the summer and getting it warm in the winter. That’s why investing in something that can make your heating and cooling more efficient should be a no-brainer. Today, there are several smart gadgets that can help you in your energy-saving endeavours, but the best are probably smart thermostats. What these gadgets do is automatically manage your home’s temperature requirements, calculate the best ways to save energy and reduce energy waste in your granny flat. Actually, smart thermostats can reduce your energy consumption by more than 10%! That’s quite green!
Solar panels have long been considered to be reserved only for big corporations and super rich homeowners of huge properties. The truth is that solar panels have never been this affordable, efficient and available to a large number of people all around the world. So, if you want to consider some more serious green home improvement ideas,you should check out solar systems. They can help you with your daily energy needs, supply you with power in times of need (blackouts and energy shortages) and even make you completely energy independent!
Replacing your doors is a great way to improve your granny flat’s appeal and its energy efficiency. So, ditch your old doors for an Energy Star model that can help reduce energy waste by almost 10%. Your garage doors can also be greener. Make sure to get a model with great insulation, non-toxic materials and energy-efficient manufacture.
Artificial lighting is responsible for almost 40% of the energy consumption of a household, so you might want to do something that will reduce your dependency on bulbs. One great solution is skylights and skydomes that can bring plenty of natural light to even the darkest corners of your home. These features can be easily installed by an experienced granny flat builders. Skylights also provide ventilation and reduce humidity, which makes your granny flat a lot healthier.
If you happen to need some roof tweaks, why not ditch your traditional roof and opt for a new, energy-saving option. “Cool” roofs are covered with white paint or paint that contains reflective matter that reflects much of the sun’s heat instead of passing it inside your home addition. If you look at the numbers you’ll see that cool roofs are actually more than 30% cooler during an average summer than their regular counterparts (regular roofs can reach temperatures of almost 70°C/150°F, while cool roofs reach only about 38°C/100°F). Additionally, going “cool” can also help reduce the urban heat island effectand keep climate change and global warming at bay.
As you can see, there are many great green home improvements that will not cost you your life savings or force you to change your daily habits. So, if you’re already planning to do a few changes around your granny flat, make sure to pick those that can help boost your eco-friendliness and green up your life.