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10 December 2019

A sustainable house: good for the environment and for your wallet.

You want to reduce the environmental impact of your home. What do you need to look out for? And how do you finance a greener house? Here’s all you need to know.

A study by researchers Willy Baeyens and Hubert Rahier from the VUB has demonstrated that our country has huge potential when it comes to renewable energy. However, we also need to take action as citizens, as almost 20% of all C02emissions originate from our homes.

In this article we present a step-by-step plan explaining how you can make your home more sustainable. In this way you will be able to cut your home’s energy consumption and C02 emissions, as well as make significant savings on your energy costs.

What are the biggest energy guzzlers?

There are many ways to make your home more sustainable: extra insulation, energy-efficient windows, a heat pump, solar panels, etc. But where should you start?

The answer is a simple one: where most energy is lost. Do you lose most energy through your walls, roof or windows, or would you be better off replacing your old gas or central heating boiler?

An energy audit by an energy expert will highlight the weak spots in your home. You will then know immediately how much energy you can save where and how.

How can I finance my investment in an energy-efficient home?

Any investment in energy-efficient measures for your home will save you money in the future. However, many people are put off taking this step, as the initial investment is too high.

Nevertheless, there are various ways to finance installation costs:

 

A range of grants are also available from regional and local authorities:


Want to know more about renovating sustainably? Please read all our articles on sustainable living.


Also find out how loans from ING can help finance your sustainable renovation project.