Combining better insulation with solar panels will help lower energy bills and your home's carbon emissions.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re making adaptations to your current home or designing and developing a new one, energy use and cutting carbon are both more important than ever. Here are two ways to make a difference…

Why go green?

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When designing and building your own home, you have the opportunity to build ecological measures into it from the very beginning. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make major changes when you’re looking to invest in your existing property.

By introducing several green measures, you can not only reduce your home’s carbon footprint and cut emissions, you can slash your energy bills and keep yourself and your family warmer for cheaper. It also helps to futureproof your home and adds value, as future buyers will want a home that’s cheaper to run.

Embrace the sun

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A wonderful, passive way to cut your energy use – and generate your own power – is to install solar panels on the exterior of your home. Solar technology hasn’t stood still in recent years, and has become ever more efficient, converting more daylight into electricity.

Not only can you use this electricity while the sun is shining, battery storage means you can also use it during the evening, or you can have a smart hub that trades excess energy for you. It can add up to a considerable saving on bills – up to 70% - while reducing your impact on the environment.

Fabulous foam

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Another major change you can embrace is by using spray foam insulation on the interior of your roof. This innovation stops conditioned air from leaving your home and unconditioned air from entering, preventing heat loss and cutting energy bills by up to 45%.

The positives don’t end there. Thousands of plastic bottles are recycled as part of the foam, which doesn’t emit HFCs or HCFS. For every two barrels of foam used, five trees are planted, soaking up carbon emissions.

To discover more, contact Cisco Homes, a professional, reliable and friendly business who offer a free preliminary survey for solar panels and a free loft survey for spray foam. They’ll be able to advise you on what you can do to cut your bills and your footprint.

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