These days everyone is concerned about making sure they make the most environmentally-friendly choices. To most people, this means choosing a low-emission car, being careful with water in the kitchen and bathroom and using energy efficiently.
But did you know that there are ways you can go green with your guttering? Find out how to keep every aspect of your life eco-friendly down to your guttering with these 3 ways.
Conserve your rainwater
It’s easy to use your guttering to conserve your rainwater. Save it in butts to use for watering your garden, for a bird bath or even to wash your car.
Collecting your rainwater is a great way to help the environment as you’re reusing one of Earth’s precious resources. It also means you won’t be affected too much if there’s a hosepipe ban, as long as the rain doesn’t stay away for too long!
Use recycled materials for your guttering
When you need to replace your guttering, instead of going for uPVC consider materials such as recycled aluminium, copper or steel.
These materials have much less of an impact on the environment and they can be recycled after use. These materials are all extremely durable, so you don’t have to worry about sacrificing a good-quality product to help the environment.
Other ways to help the environment
You can also choose responsible roofing materials along with guttering to help keep your impact on the environment down.
Cool roofing is a new and growing material. It is a mixture of white glue and white gravel that reflects the sun’s rays and reduces the heat in the home. This reduces the need for fans and air conditioning, so will save you money on your electricity bills.
Believe it or not, you can have a wooden roof. They are durable, lasting between 15 and 20 years, and can be recycled when it’s time to replace the roof.
Like wood, metal roofs can be manufactured from recycled products and recycled again at the end of their lives. Metal roofs can last at least 50 years and will keep the need for cooling systems down as they reflect the heat.
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