Greta Thunberg and the environment

Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old Swedish climate activist, has made headlines globally for her impassioned speeches about climate change.

In London, and other cities, Extinction Rebellion protesters have formed camps to disrupt everyday life – with the purpose of highlighting the need for environmental action.

80 miles off the coast of Yorkshire, Hornsea One has made headlines for the scale of its wind farm – the biggest in the world.

Car manufacturers and consumers are buying into “green living” by investing in electric and hybrid vehicles and you only have to look at any town or city centre to see the growth in EV charging points.

Houses are environmental polluters

Houses though remain one of the biggest environmental polluters with CO2 emissions, from older homes, being staggering.

There are obvious things to do to make your home greener – investing in LED and low energy bulbs, fitting low emissivity double glazing in hardwood frames from sustainable sources, loft insulation and replacing old, inefficient boilers, but what else can you do and how can we help?

With winter fast approaching and the mercury dropping, one obvious improvement is in heating.

Air to Air Heat Pumps

Whether you’re renovating your existing home or building a new one, we would recommend that you look at a Daikin air-to-air heat pump. It is doubly useful in that it heats efficiently and cools efficiently in warmer months.

These flexible units accommodate any floor plan and their A+++ energy efficiency ratings satisfy all green building requirements.

The Daikin inverter is an energy saving technology that efficiently controls the motor speed and reduces energy consumption by up to 30%. Rather than expending additional energy by starting and stopping, the inverter adjusts the speed of the motor so that it runs continuously and more efficiently in the long run.

Spray Foam Insulation

As well as heating (and cooling) your home efficiently, you need to consider insulating it. If air is seeping in through draughts, that efficient system you’ve installed is being somewhat defeated.

Our spray foam insulation from Icynene has:

Low thermal conductivity: provides good thermal performance in new and existing structures.

Non-irritant and hygienic: unlike many other spray foam insulations Icynene is totally inert, odorless and produces no harmful emissions after installation.

Air-tight: it expands in volume by up to 100 times after spraying, pushing its way into cracks and voids to form a complete seal to surfaces and cavities.

Vapour open: the open cell structure allows water vapour to diffuse through the foam, preventing harmful build up of moisture within a structure.

A good acoustic insulant: ideal for reducing sound transmission into and around buildings.

Does not sag: unlike other flexible insulants – such as mineral fibre and cellulose – which slump and sag over time, Icynene retains its shape, giving long term thermal performance.

If you’d like to know more about how we can help you reduce your carbon footprint and energy bills, contact us today.