Are you looking to do some upgrades to your home? Here are 8 eco-friendly upgrades you can do for your home.
- Purchase reclaimed wood.
If you are installing wood beams, mantels or accent walls, find a company that offers wood salvaged from distressed properties. Not only are you limiting deforestation, you will also add a beautiful, unique quality to your home’s design.
2. Install multi-pane windows.
You can save money on energy costs and update the curb appeal of your home with new windows. Energy-efficient styles are available in many different materials.
3. Insulate against weather.
Much of your home’s heating and cooling is lost through the attic. Increasing the amount of insulation is an upfront cost that will pay off over the long term in reduced energy bills. Install high-quality insulation in walls during a home renovation or home addition.
4. Choose eco-friendly flooring.
Stylish flooring choices made from green materials have grown in popularity in recent years. Top options include cork, bamboo, natural linoleum, and types of sustainable wood, such as Brazilian cherry or white tigerwood.
5. Install solar panels.
You can harness the sun’s radiant energy by installing solar panels that can be attached to your home’s roof or added as a canopy or awning for the patio.
6. Upgrade your core systems.
Swap out your traditional water heater for a tankless model, which heats on demand rather than wasting energy keeping a tank continually heated. HVAC systems can be updated to Energy Star certified units or replaced with geo-thermal heat pumps.
7. Choose low-flow fixtures.
If you are updating the kitchen or bathrooms, choose low-flow faucets, showers and toilets to help conserve water and save on utility bills.
8. Landscape wisely.
If you are renovating your yard and flowerbeds, include eco-friendly choices. Plant perennials (which loom every year) rather than purchasing new flowers every season. As much as possible, choose plants that are indigenous to your area. In addition to providing food and shelter for insects and birds, native plants are more likely to thrive in your yard.