How to make your home sustainable and eco-responsible?

19/11/2019

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Find 5 simple tips to make your home sustainable and eco-responsible!

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Sustainable development is one of the most important struggles of today. It is becoming necessary for everyone to take steps to make their homes more environmentally friendly. Fortunately, eco-responsible technologies are becoming more and more common, and there are many tips for making your home more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Here's everything you need to know to make your home an environmental friend.

What is sustainable housing?

First of all, it is important to define what sustainable housing is: it ishousing that reduces its impact on the environment and saves money at the same time. To be sustainable, housing must produce and consume energy in such a way as to be as self-sufficient as possible, and thus save as much energy as possible. Water consumption is also an important criterion for considering a house to be sustainable. It is also important that it is designed to cope with the various climatic and social changes.

What renovation work is possible to make your home sustainable?

To live in a sustainable home, you don't have to build a new house. It is entirely possible to renovate your home to make it more environmentally responsible and to improve its energy efficiency. The starting point for an energy renovation is d'conduct an energy audit This is an inventory of fixtures that will help you identify the defects of your home in terms of energy consumption, and therefore know exactly what kind of work is appropriate for your home.

Thermal insulation

Your priority will be toimprove thermal insulation to avoid heat loss. For this, a refurbishment of the roof and walls is often essential. The installation of a double glazing also has a very positive impact.

Ventilation

This is the second priority if you want to make your home sustainable. Indeed, thermal insulation alone does not prevent problems related to humidity and air quality. For this, an effective solution is the installation of a controlled mechanical ventilation system (CMV). These systems allow to renew the air without consuming too much energy. There are several types of CMV, but the simplest to install in an energy renovation is the humidity sensitive B CMV.

Heating

The replacement of your heating system should come after ensuring good insulation and ventilation. You can replace your boiler with a more economical condensing or flue system. Also turn to renewable energies (wood, solar energy) instead of fossil fuels, and consider installing low-energy radiators to replace your old, more energy-consuming models.

What is the cost of the renovation work?

Eco-responsible housing will save you money over time, but achieving it requires a fairly large budget The energy audit alone costs between 400 and 1,000€. Count on between 50 and 250€/m² for the insulation of your roof, and between 110 and 210€/m² for the external insulation of the walls. The average price of a VMC is 700€, not including the installation by a professional which can reach 1.000€ depending on your home. Add to this the installation of a new boiler costing an average of €3,300, and its installation costing an average of €1,000. The price to pay to renovate one's home can therefore easily reach, or even exceed, 30,000€. However, you should know that no matter how much you spend, it represents a real long-term investment! Did you know that there are platforms to simplify your work experience? Indeed, Renovation Man allows you to quickly obtain a free estimate for your work. And that's not all! The platform accompanies you from the initial idea to the completion of the project by combining a digital platform and a network of experts in the field who select the best local craftsmen and can intervene in case of problems.  Renovate your apartment or his house has never been so easy!

Is there any help to make your home eco-responsible at a lower cost?

Fortunately, there are many grants available to help you to make the ecological transition in your home:

  • The Anah offers loans for projects carried out on old housing,
  • The CAF offers a home improvement loan that can be granted to you if you receive family benefits,
  • You can benefit from the "Coup de pouce économies d'énergie" bonus granted by the state until 31 December 2020,
  • The zero interest eco-loan is also a good way to finance part of your expenses.

Protect yourself!

After you have completed all your work, installations and renovations, you must protect your property from possible damage. To do this, don't forget to ask your tenants for a deposit. With Swikly, you can send a deposit request online very easily. Your tenant deposits his deposit by filling in his bank details, and that's it. If everything goes well, the deposit is not debited and does not impact the credit card limit of your tenant. No more tedious and tricky pre-authorizations, checks, or cash. Try Swikly!

For more information:
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Octave PAVIET-SALOMON

Octave PAVIET-SALOMON

Marketing & Communication Manager for Swikly. I regularly write educational and informative articles and documents for rental professionals.
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