Homeowners who “go green” at home and remodel using sustainable practices see as much as a 50% savings on utility bills1. Sustainable remodeling projects can also greatly increase the resale value of your home and are attractive to buyers. Whether you’re starting small with a few projects or going big and doing a major home overhaul, these 7 projects can help get you started thinking about ways to go green and save money.
Low-flow Showerheads and Toilets
Reduce water consumption by up to 50% with low-flow showers or water aerators. They are easy to install and most current models don’t reduce water pressure. Low-flow toilets use up to 20% less water; dual-flush toilets flush differently for liquids and solids which conserve even more water and reduce sewer use.
Maximize your energy and heating bill savings by lowering your thermostats when you leave for work or other activities. You can automate it to adjust the temperature based on your schedule, so you never have to remember to change the temperature before you leave or return.
Sustainable Heating and Cooling
There are several different sustainable ways to keep your home cold or warm. Insulating the roof, attic and outer walls of your home reduces the amount of energy needed to heat or cool your home. Insulation also reduces carbon-dioxide emissions. Insulating your water heater can also improve the process of heating your home and save you money on your heating bill. Installing a whole-house fan in your attic can save you up to 30% of cooling costs. The fan will bring cooler air in and prevent mold growth caused by attic humidity.
Your home could lose up to 30% of heating and cooling with old or loose windows. Replacing your old windows with energy-efficient windows leads to a significant amount of savings you’ll get back from your heating, cooling and lighting bills.
Reclaim Your Floors
If you’re interested in changing up your flooring, use reclaimed wood. It’s renewable, durable, versatile and recycled. No new trees will have to be chopped down for your floors, saving the earth some harm. Use an adhesive backing free of formaldehyde or other harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) for a chemical-free, green installation.
Chameleon Roof Tiles
You probably learned in school black absorbs sunlight and white reflects it. Black roof tiles absorb heat to keep your home warm and light-colored roof tiles reflect the heat to keep your home cool. What if you could have the best of both worlds for any season? MIT engineers found a solution: color-changing roof tiles that turn light or dark depending on the temperature. With these roof tiles, your heating and cooling systems won’t have to work so hard, cutting your cooling costs by as much as 20%.
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