After some time, our homes always require repairs or a little updating in the most frequently used areas like the kitchen or the den. Maybe your home looks tired and needs a fresh coat of paint to bring it back to life. Or perhaps the flooring looks old and could use a revamp. Whatever the reason for your home remodel, doing these updates and repairs can be exciting, tiresome, and not-so-wallet friendly at the same time.
That said, an eco-friendly home remodel gives you a chance to go green and also save a little cash in the process. Even something as small as placing plants inside your living room can help the environment and make it look aesthetically pleasing. Let us tell you some eco-friendly home improvement ideas that will surely help you go green and save some greens too.
Install a tankless water heater
You probably know what a water heater is. It sits on the farthest corner of your basement or garage and provides your home with hot water the entire year. But did you know that your old-fashioned water heater is constantly wasting energy? If you have a gas heater, it's probably burning up more gas than usual. Au contraire, an electric heater will turn on and off to maintain your desired temperature, and your electricity bill will go through the roof over time.
Furthermore, old water heaters rust internally sometimes and could affect water quality. It would be a wise decision to remove your old water heater and install a new tankless one. These water heaters are extremely energy efficient as they only switch on when you want them to. Plus, contact a water damage advisor to identify any potential problems before the changing process. Old water heaters are notorious for causing trouble.
Install solar panels
Suppose you switch your house's power supply to solar energy. In that case, you could end up saving cash on an extremely humid day while your air conditioner operates like a champ. These days, modern solar panels can turn up to 20 percent of sunshine into usable electricity. They are much efficient and better looking as compared to their old-school variants.
Furthermore, installing solar panels could also give your home's value a bump of around 12,000 dollars when you decide to sell it. And, if you reside in the USA, you will also receive approximately 30 percent of the solar panel installation cost in the form of tax credits.
Properly insulate your walls
Heat won't stay trapped inside your home's wall if it isn't correctly insulated. If you live in a house constructed before 1990, chances are there are gaps and cavities present inside its walls. To trap more heat inside your home, you can fill these gaps and holes with environmentally friendly insulation material. Doing so will be drastically cheaper than performing an insulation job on all external and internal house walls.
Install energy-efficient windows
Energy-efficient windows are the perfect choice for people looking to go green. For instance, you can save a lot on your heating bill if you install triple or double glazed windows. This won't only save you cash but also reduce heat losses. These energy-efficient windows create a barrier that insulates your home and keeps it warm.
Furthermore, it's better to install steel or uPVC windows as you can recycle them later on. If you live inside a vintage house, go for recycled timber instead. As far as the windows' glass goes, choose the low-emissivity kind. It can reduce your cooling and heating bill by around 33 percent.
Install bamboo flooring
Why is bamboo so different from other wood types? It grows faster than actual wood, requires fewer pesticides, is moisture resistant, and highly durable. Plus, you can harvest it without causing damage to its roots, so more can grow back.
By opting for bamboo flooring instead of natural hardwood, you'll be saving countless trees and promoting forest growth, all while enjoying a brand new chic flooring. Just ensure that you have the tools and know-how to install flooring in your house. If you don't, you can always contact a professional.
Buy energy star-rated products and appliances
Most appliances present in your home come in energy-efficient and eco-friendly versions as well. If you want to look after the long-term health of your wallet, consider upgrading your old appliances and products to energy-efficient ones. For instance, you can switch your old tantalum bulbs (it's surprising if you're still using them) for more energy-efficient LED or CFL bulbs.
There is a high chance that you won't be making these home improvements yourself. So, find a good contractor who knows about the latest eco-friendly home improvement ideas. These eco-friendly products and solutions usually cost a pretty penny. Still, they will save you a lot of cash on cooling and heating bills in the long haul.
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