Brian Sexton an Eco Expert working for the Manchester City Council – along with his team has won a Council Award for Excellence. A 1900’s house has been renovated into an Eco friendly one.

The Eco House opened as a show house in Miles Platting in May 2006. It was renovated to show how it’s possible to live economically and how any ordinary house can be converted to a sustainable home.

From the outside the house looks like any other house in the street, but once you step inside, it’s a different world.

Visitors are welcome to take a tour of the house. Firstly, there’s a two-minute DVD that shows what harmful greenhouse gases would look like if we could see them. The DVD also shows how this causes global warming.

The message is that if we could see greenhouse gases we wouldn’t allow it, but with them being invisible it’s probably a case of out of sight out of mind.

So this Eco House with all its wonderful innovations shows us what can be done – how we can help save our planet – that’s top priority, and it’s possible to save money too.

In the house there’s a rubbish bin with its front cut away to show various layers of household refuse, each layer is labelled to show how many years it would take to decompose if just dumped.

There are many ways of making your home eco friendly but one of the easiest is to insulate. But if you can’t afford it – the Government awards grants for this purpose.

Below are 15 ways you can make your home warmer greener and more economical to run.

1. Use energy saving light bulbs.
2. Insulate the loft.
3. Have cavity wall insulation.
4. Put a jacket on your hot water cylinder.
5. Stop the draughts with draught proofing at doors and windows.
6. If you have gaps in your floorboards, stuff them.
7. Have a clock fitted so you can control your heating.
8. Put silver foil behind the radiators – this will reflect the heat back into the room.
9. Fit a condensing boiler.
10. When using your washing machine, only do a wash when you have a full load and then do the wash at 30 degrees.
11. Don’t fill the kettle for one cup of tea.
12. If you are not using a room turn off the lights.
13. Collect rainwater for watering the garden.
14. Recycle and compost as much as possible.
15. Fit Double Glazed Windows

Remember if you want to do your bit to help save our planet, don’t throw it away but think of the 3 R’s. Reduce, Reuse, or Recycle.

If you’d like more advice on saving energy you can contact the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre on 0800 512 012 (it’s a free number).




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