Home > Green Buildings > Green Property Audit

Green Property Audit

By: James Murray-White - Updated: 3 Jan 2013 | comments*Discuss
Green Property Auditing Householder

Green property audit or put more simply, environmental auditing, is a relatively new service available to individuals in their own home, to assess and advise upon living in a more environmentally friendly way. Environmental auditing is a term that has been in use for a while – Governments and International bodies regularly audit themselves or bring in auditors to assess National and International impact upon the environment, and the environmental impact of businesses, assessed through environmental auditing services, has been in operation for a while, and a sharp eye is increasingly cast upon the impact that businesses make upon the planet.
But for the individual, living on a smaller scale, what can be done, or what are the sort of suggestions a green audit of our home – and indeed our lifestyle, might recommend?

Our Individual Impact – Upon the Climate & the Environment

The planet is experiencing a massive change in its environmental pattern – here in the UK alone we are experiencing the shift between floods and drought; the rising heat brings new agricultural challenges, damage to crops and wildlife, and infestations of pests. Coastal communities are feeling increasingly threatened, and in the North and West of the country will experience heavier rainfall and regular flooding. We now need to think collectively about finding solutions to this problem. As other articles on our site have detailed, our use of energy, resources, and particularly oil, has to change. Ultimately, it comes down to each individual, working through their work, community, and in the home, to change perspective upon energy consumption.

What Are the Household Changes We Can Make?

The Energy Saving Trust (EST), a National organization with offices in every region, is setting a goal for every householder to reduce their household energy consumption by 20%.

This can be achieved by a range of means – the simplest steps are to unplug electrical appliances at night, thereby eliminating the small but steady flow of electricity used by the appliance in standby mode, right through to installing specific devices on or in your home that can generate energy for you, like wind turbines and solar panels.

The EST can help the householder access grants that are available to help purchase the products and any potential installation costs. The UK Government has now committed itself to certain environmental targets, and to achieve these, has funded various grant-making schemes, such as the Low Carbon Building initiative, described in more detail on another page of this website.

A Personal Choice – For Change

Ultimately, changing our lifestyles for the greater good of the community and of the planet, is our choice alone. There is little point recycling if we are simply cajoled into it, and if we don't believe or understand how by using energy efficient light bulbs, for instance, we are making a small difference to our energy use and output. But by using effective tools such as a personal or household green energy audit, where a knowledgeable person can guide you and your household members through little steps, (or big adventurous ones if you so wish, such as building a waterwheel to generate electricity, as demonstrated on the TV series 'It's not easy being green'), great changes will come, and spread through our human community, making the sustainable choice, conserving resources for generations to come.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Caroline
    Re: Transport Links to New Build Developments
    Hello, I own some small plots of land in Houndeslow that is green fields land. It is directly next to a main road…
    19 April 2019
  • Millie
    Re: Brownfield Sites
    Can someone erect an agricultural barn 10 year previously in open countryside and then claim it is 'a brown site' and can then use this as an…
    14 April 2019
  • Bev
    Re: Brownfield Sites
    Hi. I have 1.25 acres of land locked old water board reclaimed filter bed land. Works removed in1960 I own the surrounding land so not land…
    23 March 2019
  • M lally
    Re: Self Sufficient Housing Developments: A Case Study
    What do I need to do to get involved with something like this. Thanks Martin
    22 March 2019
  • Pinky
    Re: Stone Construction
    Is the wastage of remaining stone is used for recycling if used where it is useful nd what is the process
    19 March 2019
  • Just William
    Re: Brownfield Sites
    I have 6 hecs land use for Haulage residential and eqestrian and sales and doing b &b machine sales repairs sale of 4 x 4 etc used by us since…
    14 March 2019
  • https://contractorsi
    Re: Underground Construction
    This was a excellent informative post you have shared on this page about the resident form in uk but In the summer, that 55-degree soil…
    7 March 2019
  • saman
    Re: Insulation Materials
    it is really interesting however you can improve this site by adding more images related to this project.
    4 March 2019
  • Oneshitatatime
    Re: Composting Toilet: Clean Enough for Environment Agency?
    Hello, My wife and I have been using a compost toilet for the last 2 years. It is simple,…
    17 February 2019
  • mark
    Re: Reclaimed Materials
    To whom this may concen I am makeing a few enquiries to see if you would be interested in some meterials i have available left over from a…
    12 February 2019