Want to live a more sustainable and greener life? Check out these home improvement ideas that will save you money and make your home more green!
Hi! Today, we have a guest post from Chris Lundahl, a home improvement writer. He’s going to give us some tips on how we can make our homes more eco-friendly, even on a budget. So, let me turn it over to Chris!
In today’s world, people are changing their habits to become eco-friendly, which is great! However, we tend to forget that the green-movement holds many health benefits as well. Eco-friendly homes do not just have to be newly built with hi-tech modern features. It is possible to make easy home improvements to your old home that will make it greener, save you money down the road, and benefit your health.
Here are some ways to improve your home to make it greener:
Lighting: The easiest and first step you can take to make your home greener is to get rid of your old light bulbs and replace them with energy-saving ones. Typically energy saving lights use 25% to 80% less energy and they can last 3 to 25 times longer. Today, these lights also come in a range of colors and levels. Also consider buying solar lamps, they can look very attractive on your porch or in the garden.
Underfloor heating: Instead of wall radiators taking up space in your home and pulling loads of energy, why not give your floor another purpose? Installing underfloor heating is more energy-efficient. Underfloor heating is easier to install in new constructions, but it is possible to install it in older homes as well. Underfloor heating is a great home renovation to install in bathrooms. There are various types of underfloor heating systems; the system that runs with heat pumps has a low running cost and it can cut energy bills by at least 26%.
Solar panels: One of the biggest energy-efficient investments to make is to install solar panels. They are expensive to install, but they pay off at the end of the day, saving you loads on energy. Solar roofs are known to cut the electricity bill of a household from 40% to 70%. So, if you have the money to spend, this is one of the best renovation ideas out there!
Insulation: Homes without decent insulation waste more energy because keeping the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer becomes a harder task for the HVAC system. Making sure your attic/loft is correctly insulated (with natural or recycled materials if possible) will make your home more energy-efficient. If you are renovating, then walls with cavities can be insulated as well. Once you have your insulation ready, you must make sure to check your home for leakage around the doors and windows. Padded draught-excluders will make sure no hot air escapes in the winter and no heat enters in the summer. Depending on where you live, what type of heating system you have, and how much insulation you add, savings will vary. But if you bring insulation in your home up to current standards you can save anywhere from 10% to 50% on heating and cooling bills. Definitely one of the best home renovation ideas to consider!
Windows: Doubled-glazed windows will save you energy; 12% to 33% annually on heating and cooling bills. Fitting your windows with wood frames and not UPVC or metal helps keep them more insulated. Wooden frames will also last a lifetime and are less polluting than other home decor ideas. Choosing thick curtain over blinds for hanging over your windows is also a more sustainable choice.
Getting familiar with where you are using the most electricity and water will help you adapt your home to become more eco-friendly. Buy energy-efficient appliances when you need to replace something, lower your thermostat, keep your boiler upgraded, and fit a water-saving showerhead or water-saving toilet when the opportunity arrives.
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Choosing house renovation ideas like these in order to become eco-friendly is not just for the sake of the environment and to lower your bills, but also insures your good health. Many traditional building materials are not good for our health. Certain compounds may cause irritation or can even be toxic. Some conventional building materials can also encourage moisture buildup that leads to mold and mildew problems.
Making your home green is not as hard as you think! Some of these home improvement ideas are much easier than others. Which idea is your favorite? Are there any ideas you want to add to your current home project? Let us know in the comments below, and give us any home improvement tips you have to make our homes green. Don’t forget to share this post with your family and friends to spread the love of green living!
Author Bio: Chris Lundahl is a home improvement and technology writer and editor working for Arizona Roofing Systems in Mesa, AZ. When creating content, he promotes sustainable and affordable living, green house solutions and solar energy use.