Sustainable features to minimise your home’s carbon footprint – and your energy bills

On 5th June we celebrate World Environment Day – the United Nation's principal event promoting awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

Homeowners play an integral role in helping ensure the houses we live in, and the way we live in them, have a minimal impact on the planet. Often, the energy-saving features installed in a home will not only  benefit the environment in some way but can also allow homeowners to make significant costs savings on their energy bills – and, in some cases, even generate additional income.   

If you’re in the market for an eco-friendly home that will help improve your carbon footprint, here are three homes currently available with Jackson-Stops that will allow you to do just that.

Solar panels in Sissinghurst

Solar panels are a sustainable energy source that provide clean energy and do not release any greenhouse gasses to the environment. Owning a property with solar panels can reduce the carbon footprint of your home by over 75% in the first year of them being installed. This four bedroom semi-detached cottage, available through our Cranbrook branch, benefits from solar panels that provide its current owners with a modest income.

Wind turbines in the West Country

Wind power is another clean fuel source which does not produce any atmospheric emissions that lead to the degredation of the environment. This sustainable source works by converting the rotational energy of the turbines, powered by the wind, and converting it back into electricity.

This Gothic rectory, which is set in around 9.5 acres of land, is not only home to six bedrooms, a sitting room, study, dining room and open plan kitchen and breakfast room, but also its very own wind turbine. Standing almost 18 metres tall in the garden, it supplies most of the electricity to the property and generates an average tax free income of £10,000 per year.

Cedar clad in a conservation area

The construction materials that are used play an important role in ensuring a home has minimal negative effects on the environment. One way of achieving this is by buying or building a home that is made from used recycled materials, such as steel or bamboo, or energy saving cladding. This home in Shaftesbury has been subject to a major programme of extension and refurbishment over recent years and to ensure the home is energy efficient it now has heavily insulated cedar clad elevations over the brickwork.

If you are interested in finding out further information about these homes or any of the eco-friendly properties currently available through Jackson-Stops, please get in touch with your local branch.