Keeping your home warm – the green way

14 July 2019 | Life Style

Our winters can be cold and miserable, but before you switch on your heaters and light your fires, take a moment to contemplate the possible impact these actions could have on the environment.

On average, heating an American home using electricity produces about 2 100 kg of CO² emissions (a contributor towards global warming). What's more, research of the savannahs of Southern Africa revealed that the highest rates of deforestation occur around densely populated areas, mostly owing to city dwellers' cooking and heating needs: charcoal and raw wood provide almost 80% of the region's energy.

If us 'city dwellers' aren't careful, we could literally burn through our forests faster than we can grow them.

“As cold as it might get this winter, it is our ethical duty to use our resources in an environmentally responsible manner by ensuring that our homes are well-insulated against the cold so that we limit our reliance on fossil fuel heating solutions,” says Adrian Goslett of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.

While many of the eco-friendly heating alternatives, such as solar energy and geothermal systems, require a substantial initial capital outlay to install, Goslett reminds homeowners not only of the money these systems stand to save them on electricity costs, but also the return on investment they stand to gain when they decide to sell.

“Eco-friendly features are definite selling ­features of any home, especially as the more environmentally conscious Gen-Z and Millennial generations become increasingly active within the property market, we are sure to see demand for these kinds of features rise,” Goslett says.

However, if you don't have the money to invest in eco-friendly heating solutions right now, there are other ways to be environmentally ­responsible when heating your home this winter:

• Rather than trying to heat your whole house, choose to heat one of the smaller rooms in your home and spend your time in this space.

• Keep all doors and windows closed and switch on the heater for just long enough to take the chill out of the air.

• Hang thick curtains over the windows to help keep the heat indoors.

• Ensure that your home is well insulated by re-grouting your window and door frames.

• Arrange for a roof inspection to check for cracks or leaks that could be letting cold air into your home.

“If all else fails, the simple solution of a hot water bottle and a thick blanket also does the trick. The important thing is that each homeowner does what they can to limit their use of fossil fuel heating solutions to safeguard our natural resources and keep our planet running as it should,” Goslett concludes.

Similar News


Take the ultimate listing photos

2 weeks ago - 30 October 2019 | Life Style

You don’t need to be a professional photographer to take good listing photos these days thanks to the quality of the built-in camera on most...

Helping kids cope with a move

1 month - 17 October 2019 | Life Style

A change in routine and lifestyle can bring about fear and anxiety in children, especially if they are not fully prepared for what is about...

Quick updates to keep your home trendy

1 month - 25 September 2019 | Life Style

Sellers are not the only ones who need to worry about updating their property. All homeowners ought to be updating certain features – some more...

Make your small ­bathroom look bigger

2 months ago - 25 August 2019 | Life Style

If you're trying to sell, most real estate professionals will tell you that the best rooms to update are the bathrooms. Sadly, if you have...

Where to live with the young ones

3 months ago - 18 August 2019 | Life Style

Finding a home within a good school district is an obvious search criterion for buyers with children. However, being near to your desired school is...

Avoid winter budget shockers

3 months ago - 11 August 2019 | Life Style

“While certain household expenses remain constant, others vary from month to month and from season to season. It is therefore important for homeowners to leave...

Chose an estate agent like this

3 months ago - 11 August 2019 | Life Style

Real estate advertising these days will have you believe that you should not waste your money when you can get the same service for a...

Brighten up your day

3 months ago - 04 August 2019 | Life Style

Nature Bloom, located in Windhoek’s southern industrial area, is more than just a florist, but a landscaping company that celebrates a modern and creative style.They...

Stretch your electricity budget

3 months ago - 21 July 2019 | Life Style

“Many cost-conscious consumers who have converted to prepaid electricity to cut their energy bills, are still spending excessively in winter due to increased electricity usage...

Home renovations to keep your pets warm

3 months ago - 21 July 2019 | Life Style

No matter how much we love our pets, sometimes it is simply impossible to keep them indoors – especially if you have larger breeds that...

Latest News

Fintech lets you say no...

19th of November 16:15 | Technology

Llewellyn le HanéMoney is dangerous, it’s bulky, smelly, dirty. Processing and getting the money from a shop, restaurant, café or any other place of business...

Cash injection for Omaheke projects

19th of November 15:49 | Infrastructure

The Omaheke Regional Council allocated N$8.5 million to 128 community projects through its community development programme. Each of the seven constituencies in the region received...

There’s a fine line…

19th of November 15:45 | Art and Entertainment

Swakopmund • [email protected] opening of a solo exhibition by Michael Mansfield titled A Fine Line took place at Die Muschel in Swakopmund on Friday.Mansfield is...

KfW and NamPost support SMEs

1 hour ago | Business

The German development bank KfW and NamPost supporting small and medium enterprises and households in rural areas with a concessional loan of N$325 million. The...

Blood donors celebrated

1 hour ago | Local News

The Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NamBTS) recently awarded milestone donors who have showed continued commitment in helping save lives through the altruistic act of...

Big smiles from Godfried

2 hours ago | People

Two years have passed since Godfried Siwombe arrived at the Hollard office with hope in his eyes. He was only 7 years old when he...

A real treasure chest!

2 hours ago | Education

A new reading room called the “Schatzkiste” (treasure chest) was officially opened and inaugurated during a small ceremony at the pre-school and language development department...

Long course year comes to...

2 hours ago | Sports

Last weekend, the last Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala for the year took place at the Western Suburbs Municipal Pool in Windhoek. Hosted by Dolphins...

Namibians their own worst enemy

9 hours ago | Local News

Yolanda Nel More than 4 000 people lost their lives on Namibian roads since 2014. Of this number, 509 have diedon Namibian roads so far...

Load More