Five Eco-Friendly Energy Saving Home Improvements
Renovations are a great way to add value to your property, but how do you keep those home improvements ‘green’? We’ve come up with five eco-friendly energy saving home improvements that are sure to help your house look its best and help the environment at the same time!
- Replace old windows with eco-friendly ones:
Windows with double or even triple panes can insulate your home and reduce your energy bills. You can also upgrade to energy-efficient models that come with glazing which is a transparent coating that reduces UV rays so they don’t penetrate your home.
If possible, replace your window frames while you’re at it. Energy-efficiency starts with the windows. If your windows are eco friendly, then they’ll be more effective at keeping your heating and cooling bills low.
- Get a new front door:
Like your windows, an energy-efficient door provides the perfect eco-friendly home improvement. A door that has an EnergyStarⓇ seal of approval or is made of reusable materials will not let heat escape in the cold months. It will also keep cool air in during the summer preventing energy loss.
- Switch your lighting:
Find ways to incorporate natural light into your home. Try moving some furniture around in bigger rooms so that these pieces are not blocking windows. Leave your curtains open whenever possible and switch to LED bulbs. These bulbs are energy-efficient and although they are slightly more costly than traditional light bulbs, have a lifespan of approximately 25,000 hours. You may never have to replace them, especially if you install dimmers that reduce your energy consumption even further.
- Upgrade your appliances:
- Landscape with local flavour:
Technically, appliance upgrades aren’t considered home improvements but they may be sucking the energy out of every room in your house. As always, look for EnergyStarⓇ rated products. Replace everything from your old fridge – which may be emitting poisonous gases without you realizing it – to your laundry equipment.
The older an appliance is, the more energy it needs to function properly. If switching to new energy-efficient appliances is out of the question financially, use as much cold water as possible when washing your clothes, food and hands. Cold water produces less energy than hot water. You can, however, still use hot water to shower, but keep them short.
If you have a very lush yard, it will need to be watered often. Upkeep for a lawn that is full of plants can use up way more water than necessary.
Try and populate your lawn or front yard with plants that are indigenous to the area in which you live. Local plants don’t need to be watered the same as plants that come from elsewhere as they’re used to the climate and don’t need to adapt once they’re planted. Plus, the more green you have around your home, the more eco-friendly it is. Try a garden too to grow your own fruits and vegetables. You can even purchase windowsill planters to match your brand new energy-efficient windows.
For more tips and advice on how to keep a green home, be sure to check back to our Landmark blog for future energy saving articles!