Fairy tail or future?
What do you think? Is a zero-emission house the future, or just a fairy tail? Something you can never for your house in your situation?
Some people already started 40 years ago. In the newspaper, I saw today that there was a couple, who started to plant ivy for insulation on their house 40 years ago. Today, you can hardly see the house any more, only some openings for windows and doors. And, the owner says that it is very cosy and warm inside.
To help you out of your dreams: every new house which is build in the Netherlands has to be zero use of energy. Also, it is possible for most houses to use no energy any more. And yes, investment is the key.
How to start turning your house into a zero-emission house?
1. Check the energy label of your house.
You have received it when you bought the house. In this energy label, you will find which measure you can take. Also, what the costs are to make your house more energy-efficient.
2. Save money or ask your mortgage advisor for the possibilities.
Making your house zero-emission will cost money in the beginning, but it can be a very good investment for the future. Because your energy costs will drop and the value of your house increases. Many mortgages offer the possibility for an extra loan for making your house sustainable.
3. Check subsidies
This part can save you up to 30% (2022) of the costs. In the Netherlands, the government decided that sustainable houses are important. On this website you will find all the know how’s.
Need to know more about subsidies, you can check this blog too.
4. Ask advice.
For example: you think about purchasing solar panels. But your roof is not the right angle. Or your floor is constantly cold. You asked an offer for insulating the floor, but it is 8k. What to do? Maybe it is wiser to insulate your roof to save energy and save more energy than insulating the floor. Every situation is different, every house is different.
If you need advice, don’t hesitate to send me a message.
5. Insulate your house
In the Dutch climate, you can only heat your house sustainably, if your house is very well insulated. The winters can be cold. But think also about the summers. How do you keep your house cool? Do you want to read more about this subject, read this blog.
6. Change the heating system
Most houses in the Netherlands have a hot water boiler. The boiler use gas to heat water, and the water heats the radiators.
But there are more possibilities. A heat pump, for example.
7. Generate your own electricity
If your house is heated sustainably, it is also time to generate your own energy. A heat pump will use electricity instead of gas. Solar panels are the most common solution for generating your own energy.
Remember: every little step is a step forward
If the things mentioned above are not for you now. You can read this blog about reducing the use of energy in your house. For cheap ideas that make already a difference.