The climate crisis means that our weather is completely out of whack, and you can expect more storms, more floods, fiercer hurricanes, and more dramatic daily weather changes as a result. Homes need to adapt now because issues that have just started to crop up today are soon going to become big problems further down the line. If you have noticed a bulge in your wall in the basement, or your yard cannot seem to drain water properly anymore, then you have a problem. If your utility bills have jumped as you use extra energy to heat or cool your property, you have a problem.
Only collectively can we work to mitigate the climate crisis, but today, you can start prepping your home to be more energy-efficient and better prepared to weather the oncoming storms.
Install Proper Drainage Systems in Your Home
If your yard experiences a lot of flooding, you will need to bring in professionals to install a proper drainage system to stop the problem. In the best-case scenario, the flooding will simply kill your grass, but in the worst case, the water is being drained towards your basement. Water damage caused by flooding can seem minimal at first, but over time it can severely impact your home’s foundations. If you are concerned that flooding is damaging your home, then you will need to choose a reliable contractor to both fix the water damage and to prevent it in the future.
Improve Your Property’s Energy Efficiency
More dramatic weather will likely mean sharp cold snaps and boiling periods in summer. That is why it is essential to improve your home’s energy efficiency. From upgrading your insulation to replacing your windows (double glazing loses effectiveness over time), there are many ways to boost your property’s efficiency so you can use less energy more effectively.
Use Landscaping to Help Heat and Cool Your Home
Investing in home improvements is not the only way to make your home more efficient and better able to handle the weather. For example, large canopy trees can cut down on cooling costs in the summer by casting a shadow over your roof, and coniferous trees planted next to your home’s walls can provide additional insulation.
Plant a Garden
Landscaping can be used to help improve your home’s temperature, but the rest of your backyard can easily be used to help boost local wildlife populations. You can add a bird feeder, for example, or plant bee-friendly flowers, fruits, or vegetables.
Have a Compost Bin
By having a compost bin in your backyard, you can deal with food waste and compostable plastics right at home. This means fewer garbage bags outside your house, and you will have mulch in the spring to fertilize your backyard.
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Even with all this preparation to improve your home, disaster can and will still strike. The best way to deal with this is to have emergency provisions and emergency numbers on hand, from candles to help you deal with a blackout, to the number of an emergency plumber. By knowing where to turn to, you can fix the issue ASAP.