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Should You Future Proof Your Home?

By: Elaine Everest - Updated: 29 Sep 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Future Technology Sustainable Energy

When building your home you should look to the future and plan for new innovations that may come along. By having the facility to be able to add to your home as technology increases your home will remain modern, energy efficient and above all easy to sell when the time comes for you to move on.

Technology

Be aware of what technology you have in your home and where all cables, power points and other electrical devises are stored. If you built your own home these details will be with your original house plans if not you may have to speak to who ever sold you your home or employ an electrician to check them out. This way when you are ready to add more up to date electrical items in the future you will have the information to hand.

Be Aware

Be aware of what is coming up in the future with regards to home technology. This could be to do with home entertainment or perhaps energy efficiency. Read publications that write about future technology and see how it can be used in your home. Run enough power points for every room as the chances are that in a few years time there will be more electrical items in the home than ever before. Make sure that there are television and telephone points in all bedrooms even if you have no children. It is easier to add them at the build stage than to add at a later date.

Sustainable

When planning to future proof your home be aware of using sustainable products that are good for the environment in years to come. Energy efficiency should be paramount in your house build and should be updated as new products and ideas come onto the market. With utility bills rising almost weekly it makes sense to be as energy efficient as possible if not for the environment then for your bank account.

Eco Home

If you are still planning to build your home consider going down the eco home route. It is now possible to build a really eco friendly home yourself or by purchasing a self build pack along with the assistance of experts in this field. The salability of a completely eco friendly home will increase as the years progress and home owners become aware of how important it is to be aware of the energy efficiency of their homes. Fifty percent of greenhouse gas emissions do come from our homes and it is down to the home builder and house holders to look to the future of our world.

The Garden

We should also look to our gardens when we future proof our homes. Rather than cover the garden in concrete that stops the natural drain away of rain water and causes flooding, leave your garden green .Plan a vegetable garden and grow organic vegetables for your own health. Recycle rainwater through water butts and use it on your garden to save tap water. Also make sure your home water system is on a water metre as this will make you more aware of water usage and save money as well as the environment.

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