There are many eco friendly ways to manage the temperature in your home. Keeping warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s warm is something that so many of us take for granted, but did you know that changing the temperature of our home in this way typically uses a lot of fossil fuels for energy. Something that contributes to a larger carbon footprint and is bad for the environment. That means if you want your home to be more eco-friendly, ditch the fans and electric heaters and take some time to find out how to keep it at a pleasant temperature without heavily impacting the environment.
Geothermal heating is a method that is definitely possible to adapt to controlling the temperature in your home. It works by harnessing the heat in that is stored in the ground at a fairly constant temperature no matter what the weather. This heat is then used to warm the water for central heating. It’s also super efficient and cheap because it does not require the burning of any fossil fuels, something that makes it perfect for the environment too.
Geothermal energy can be used for central heating.
Hydronic heating systems
In some cases, geothermal heating can be used not only for traditional radiator systems but also for more eco-friendly hydronic heating systems as well. Although, hydronic heating systems can also be run from grid electricity to heat the water and still have a lower impact on the environment than a traditional heating system. This is because they use low-temperature water that is passed through pipes in the walls, ceiling, and floor to keep your home at an ambient temperature of your choosing.
It is more efficient than a usual radiator system as the heat is dispersed across a wider area. This makes it easier to maintain your chosen temperature, rather than having to have a radiator on high in one location to ensure the required temperature reaches the rest of the room.
Solar heating can be used in two ways way in the home. The first is that you use the heat from the sun via a solar panel to increase the temperature of a tank of water. This water then used in the heating system in your home instead of using fossil fuel powered electricity for the job.
The second system is using solar energy to create electricity instead of fossils fuels. This is also done via solar panels and can add a lot of value to your property. Although it is a slightly more complex process that with the water, as the energy has to be converted into electricity to be used.
Using solar electric for managing the temperature in your home is particularly useful as you can easily keep using electrical items like fans and the like, just without all of the negatives that running them on fossil fuels creates.
Another benefit of using this sort of system to heat your home is that if you create energy that is additional to your needs, you can sell it back to the power grid. Something that means it’s much easier to pay off the initial cost of installation and keep your heating bills down, while still looking after the environment.
Next, another option for managing the temperature your home in an eco-friendly manner to consider is a biomass boiler. A biomass boiler is something that burns wood, paper, or pellets to create heat. Heat that can then be used to heat water for your central heating.
Biomass boilers burn recently alive materials instead of fossil fuels.
While it does entail burning wood, something that is less of a clean energy than things like solar power, it is still better for the environment than using fossil fuels. This is because fossil fuels are not a renewable source, whereas trees can also be grown to burn in biomass boilers. However, many people are concerned about the level of pollution caused by burning the fuel, as well as the use of land that biomass fuel requires that could be utilized for farming instead.
Solar shade glass
Another way of controlling the temperature in your home in a more eco-friendly manner than using fossil fuels is to use specially shaded glass in your windows.
Known as solar shade glass or solar shade glass film it creates a protective coating over the glass that reflects heat and light. This is particularly useful in areas that struggle with high temperatures and long days of sunlight, as it allows the inside of your home to be cool and shaded without the use of air conditioning, and electric fans. All of which are traditionally fuelled by fossil fuels.
A trick that has been known about for centuries and was used by the Romans to manage the temperature of their homes is including a water feature, either inside on the threshold. In fact, you can still see this being used in the Riads of Marrakech today.
The idea is that not only does it provide a psychologically cooling effect with trickling water, but the cold water also cools the surrounding air and reduces the temperature of the space around it. Something that provides a pleasant environment during hot weather without using any energy consuming air cooling methods.
Something else that can really help in managing the temperature in your home as you experience it is to have some personal strategies for keeping cool and warm that you know work.
For keeping cool, using a buckwheat pillow place in the freezer for 30 mins before bed can make all the difference between drifting off into a calm sleep, and tossing and turning all night in a sweat. Peppermint essential oil also has a wonderful cooling effect as well, and you can either use this in a diffuser or dilute it in a carrier oil and apply it to the back of the neck for an instant cooling fix.
For those that want to keep warm, using slippers as a barrier between your feet and any cold surfaces in the home can do wonders. Especially first thing in the morning when you have to trudge into the bathroom! Buckwheat pillow can also be heated and used on particular areas for warmth such as the feet or back. Something that can prove particularly effective in countering any drafts that are causing problems.