Tips to make your home more sustainable
It is not about perfection, it is about change. First becoming aware, then knowing what to do and then implementing it when it is time.
For me it is time to change the windows in my room. So I am looking for a contractor to do it using a sustainable system.
It happen to be that I met by chance the son of a family that made the first positive home in the Netherlands.
So we went to meet the lovely family during the cold autumn to learn more.
My first impression was the house was 25 degrees without using any heating.
Ronald took the initiative to build his home more than 10 year ago. His ambition was to have a home that wouldn’t waste energy. He called it the Nulwoning (zero home).
He made the analogy of getting your salary and then loosing it because we don’t have a system in place. Everyday we waste valuable energy in our home.
His advice is to first start by insulate your home. We already did the floors and the exterior walls. The roof is ok isolated. But the windows in my room and bathroom are not. That is our next step.
The home of Ronald has become better with the years. Now it so good that it saves energy to charge his own tesla. So it is not anymore the Nulwoning but a positive home!
So here is my third part of the gift. The summary of all you can do in your home. My inspiration is The Hidden Impact written by @babette.porcelijn. ⠀
💄 Avoid cosmetic rebuilds
♻️ Choose from sustainable contractors and architects
🌳 Incorporate nature: green garden, green roof and plant trees
🏗️ Use sustainable and renewable materials
🏷️ Use only certified wood
♻️ Use reused & recycled construction materials
🌬️ Insulate your home: floors, exterior walls, windows, and roof
🌱 Provide good ventilation system and heat recovery system so you can keep your windows closed
🌎 Use geothermal heat
☀️ Use solar collectors with a solar water heater
🔥 Reuse residual heat with a heat exchanger
🌿 Use green electricity or solar panels
🌡️ Use a smart thermostat
🚿 Shower no longer than 1 song
🚿 Use a water-saving shower head
♨️ Avoid wasting warm water
🛢️ Avoid palm oil in products
🚽 Flush the toilet briefly
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