Eco & sustainable products

eco-flooring

Eco flooring

When it comes to environmentally friendly options underfoot, it's no longer a choice between aesthetics and eco credentials – you can now have both, as...Read More
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How to give your home an eco...

With the Government setting high targets on greenhouse gas reductions, we're all going to have to get serious about saving energy in our homes. But how...Read More
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Wind Power

Support for domestic wind turbines has blown hot and cold in the past few years, but recent improvements in industry standards mean that it’s now easier...Read More
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How to... build a glass extension...

They might look amazing and let in lots of light, but can glazed extensions ever be good for your carbon footprint? Everybody seems to be building...Read More
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Warm front

With another year of rising energy costs on the cards, now’s the perfect time to insulate your home and improve its energy efficiency before the cold...Read More
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Building With Earth

Earth is a material that's been used for centuries, but it's green credentials have caused a recent renaissance Clean and Green The eco-credentials of...Read More
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Fires - Eco Options

Biomass is green and extremely energy efficient Biomass (also called ‘bioenergy’ or ‘biofuel’), is ‘young’ organic matter (unlike fossil fuels, which...Read More
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Eco Diary - Part 1

Richard and Sophie Hawkes get started on their first self-build Over the last few months, I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve been told ‘you...Read More
reclamation

Reclamation

Decorate with salvaged fittings and recycled materials for an eco-conscious approach Using reclaimed furniture or green building materials is suitable...Read More
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Paints and Wood Treatments

Kind to the planet and your health – the energy benefits of green products will increase your home’s eco credentials There are many negative things...Read More
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Furniture

Sustainable, recycled or second hand, furniture with a conscience holds a little piece of history Of course, it would be wonderful if we all furnished...Read More
flooring

Flooring

With so many affordable and stylish eco options on the market, it’s time to give your feet a treat When looking for sustainable flooring, you should...Read More
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Rainwater Harvesting

Collecting your own water might sound primitive, but it’s a great way to reduce waste Why collect water when you can simply turn on the tap? You...Read More
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Grey Water Systems

With a grey-water system, water from household appliances can be used again instead of wasted A grey-water system takes waste water from the bath, wash...Read More
wind-turbines

Wind Turbines

To get the most out of today’s domestic turbines, you really need to live on top of a very windy hill It’s no secret that domestic wind turbines are...Read More
photovoltaics

Photovoltaics

While PV technology is still hugely expensive, free electricity is a long way off for most of us A bolt-on solar panel or ‘tiles’ that replace your...Read More
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Solar Thermal

Using the sun to pump free energy and hot water into your home is a highly-efficient and cost-effective option Solar panels are ideal to heat your...Read More
external-insulation

External Insulation

Not only can it improve the look of your exterior, but insulating the outside makes the inside warmer, too This is definitely one to consider when...Read More
glazing

Glazing

Make sure your home has the right windows to make it as energy efficient as possible Windows are rated according to their U-value, or the heat loss...Read More
draft-proofing

Draft Proofing

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to improve the insulation quality of your home Mind the gaps According to the Energy Saving Trust,...Read More
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Cavity Wall Insulation

Insulating your home can save you money as well as large amounts of heat, and it’s easy to do We never thought we would say this, but those annoying...Read More
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Loft Insulation

Green insulation may not be the cheapest option, but its energy efficiency is second to none Some insulation materials are more eco friendly than...Read More
internal-wall-insulation

Internal Wall Insulation

It’s a dirty job which requires a specialist to carry out, but it’s worth the effort if you’re prepared One option is to batten the wall and infill it...Read More
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Condensing Boilers

Condensing boilers will improve your home’s  eco values and reduce your carbon footprint Condensing boilers, in a nutshell, are far more efficient...Read More
green-electricity

Green Electricity

As fuel prices increase, switch to a greener source to help fund renewable sources As a pointer, Good Energy gets top ratings from Ethical Consumer...Read More
heat-recovery

Heat Recovery

Ensuring your home is well ventilated doesn’t mean draughty... it’s time to clean up your act This is as much about decent ventilation as heat...Read More
thermostats

Thermostats

Control your home’s heating and water systems with the latest energy-efficient thermostats Your house uses a range of thermostats, these include a...Read More
heat-pumps

Heat Pumps

Generating your own heat doesn’t require acres of outdoor space and a limitless budget Put simply, heat pumps transfer latent heat from water, ground...Read More
wood

Building with Wood

This natural material has endless design possibilities Warm to the touch, pleasing to the eye and structurally sound, wood has always been widely used...Read More

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