Home improvements aren’t only for the sake of beautification, but also for adding value to the home. Furthermore, home owners are becoming more and more environmentally conscious, and they are looking for ways to implement eco-friendly. According to recent statements, it seems that the vast majority of houses that will be built after 2015 will have to be self-sustainable. This means that they have to draw their own energy, without negatively impacting the environment.
We don’t know if the society can afford such changes in such a short time, but we do know that environmental aspects are becoming part of home renovation and construction strategies. Besides the obvious home costs, like plumbing costs and exterminator prices, there are also some green costs and improvements that you should definitely consider. They aren’t very costly, and they will greatly reduce the carbon footprint and dangerous wastes.
- Replace Standard Bulbs
Compact fluorescent bulbs are energy-smart bulbs that use 75% less energy than incandescent ones, and they live ten times longer. Many home owners may not know it, but by using a fluorescent bulb they can actually save sweet money, because the life of the bulb can be anywhere from five to seven years.
- Stop Wasting Water
You are probably used to taking everything for granted, but you should stop. The planet has provided for us, and it is time for us to protect her. Check your home for leaky faucets, and repair them. When you are using water for the garden, don’t waste any of it. When you are laundering clothes, adjust your temperature threshold, and set a good example to your children.
- Invest in a high-efficiency HVAC System
HVAC Systems are energy star certified, and this means that they emit a low amount of greenhouse gasses. Not only will they enable you to protect the environment, but it will also make it possible to shave off some expenses from your utility bill. If you have no idea what to buy, look for products with higher SEER (seasonal energy efficient ratio) rating.
- Consider Installing Solar Pannels
Solar energy may have been used since ancient times, but it was only recently that solar panels were introduced to modern houses. It is true that solar panels are a bit expensive, but you can always find a great bargain on used ones. The most important criteria would be that they are not older than twenty years. This investment is definitely worth its cost, because over time, it will help you save a lot of money, while also living green.
- Properly Insulate Your Home
If you properly insulate your house, you will definitely spend less money on heating during the cold season. Before you do this, you could also make an “energy audit” to determine what you should invest in in order to make your home more eco-friendly. Nevertheless, doors and windows are the areas that are most vulnerable to cold. Use weather-stripping to detect air leaks, and insulate them properly. This will help with energy conservation.