To air a room in your house without cooling it, just open a window for 15 minutes. Quite simple, isn’t it?
This is a system that captures sunlight, converts it into heat and uses this to reheat the water in your pipes.
The kilowatt-peak is a notion used to forecast the output of photovoltaic panels and therefore to compare them with each other.
Insulating your home against the heat is just as important as insulating it against the cold. Shutters, blinds, glazing film, fans, air conditioning: there are a host of possibilities.
The EPB certificate (energy performance of buildings) is the energy ID card of a building. It is compulsory for all buildings that are to be sold or rented.
When the choice of how to heat the water is sound, the expense can change from excessive to very affordable - and very ecological...
Cogeneration is a system that generates both electricity and heat from a single fuel (natural gas).
Obligations apply when town planning permission is required for building or renovation. These refer to the outer shell of the building, but also the building elements.
Changing your windows is not as easy as it might seem. What type of glazing and what type of frame should you choose? The U value, the price and the respective advantages of the various materials can help.
It is difficult to give a precise answer to this question. In fact, the direct and indirect CO2 emissions of your home depend on a great many parameters: the energy performance of your home, the electricity consumption, the type of heating, etc.
Heat pumps can really help save energy. But which model suits your needs?
In order to maintain a healthy indoor climate, getting in a fresh supply of indoor air is an absolute must. In this respect, ventilating and aerating are often mentioned in one and the same breath. But there is a big difference between the two.
There are three possibilities: buying green energy, owning shares in a green producer, or producing it yourself.
Green roofs have been gaining in popularity in recent years. That’s hardly surprising, considering how many general and ecological advantages they have.
Yes, administrative and technical solutions do exist. However, this will not only take patience but also involves some negotiating.
Large windows let a lot of natural light into the house and create a pleasant atmosphere. Unfortunately they also cause temperatures indoors to soar in the summer. Luckily there are several solutions for maintaining a cool indoor climate.
By adopting good habits and improving your installation, you will use less hot water and relieve your wallet.
To insulate an existing wall, you are looking at 3 major options: external wall insulation, interior wall insulation and cavity wall insulation. Whichever method you choose, the insulation needs to be put in place with the utmost care. Poorly applied insulation may cause mould problems or 'cold bridges’, i.e. points where the insulation barrier is interrupted.
Natural insulators are environmentally friendly and efficient, and entitle you to bonus grants in the Brussels region. Having thermal insulation work done on your home is most certainly worthwhile!
As the name implies, geothermal energy is a heating technique that exploits heat from the ground.Non-polluting, renewable and free, this energy source is of interest in the fight against global warming.
Homes are considered to be ‘low energy’, ‘passive’ or ‘zero energy’ depending on their level of insulation and possibly their capacity to generate power.
A green roof is a roof garden on a flat roof or on a roof with an incline of less than 45°. It offers you the chance to have your own little green oasis in the city.
Yes and no. The answer to this question depends on how the electricity is generated.
Nearly Zero Energy (NZE) or ‘Bijna-energieneutraal’ (BEN) is a European Directive imposed on all new buildings by 2021. However, in the Brussels Region, the even stricter passive-house standard will apply from 2015.
Homegrade is a non-profit association financed mainly by the Brussels-Capital Region. Its mission is to provide information free of charge for the people of the region on everything relating to their living environment, the central idea being sustainability.
Follow our advice for a well-laid-out kitchen that is more efficient, safe and a pleasure to work in, while consuming less energy.
Efficient windows mean better comfort for you and energy savings too. Replacing your windows is therefore a great investment.
Check the state and cleanliness of your photovoltaic panels regularly. Make sure that the installation’s cables are in good condition and that your inverter and green meter are working properly.
Review your energy contracts, get a free energy audit, insulate, replace your boiler or install photovoltaic panels. There are a whole host of solutions for saving energy in a co-owned property!
In 2018, energy grants in Brussels are available for actions related to energy audits and studies, insulation and heating.
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