One of the biggest trends that we see these days is the desire of many homeowners to “go green.” Of course, as well as saving the planet, which is something we all want to do – going ‘eco-friendly’ when remodelling your home also has some serious cost benefits, as well as appealing to all those future environmental conscious buyers!
The following article will provide you with some excellent eco-friendly ways to improve your home – and save some money in the process.
Low Energy Lighting
First, considering switching your standard bulbs to CFLs. CFL stands for compact fluorescent lamp, and this type of light can use as little as one-fifth of the electricity of your old light bulbs – they can also last up to a whopping fifteen times longer! Although CFLs are more costly to buy, they can save more than five times their purchase price over the lifetime of the bulb in energy costs. That’s why, these light bulbs can be an incredible way to save money and go green at the same time. Need light fixtures? Look to hire a local electrician in your area.
Upgrade Your Insulation
If you have old insulation, it may be time to upgrade it. Although insulation does not add beauty and decor to your home, it is, nevertheless, a vital part of the fabric of your home. First of all, upgraded insulation is mould resistant. Second, it will not settle. Third, it will absorb sound better. Fourth, your indoor air quality will dramatically improve, allowing you to breathe better. Finally, it will help reduce your electricity bills because better insulation will keep your home warmer in the winter months and cooler in the summer months.
Look to Solar Power
Finally, consider using solar power in your home. Solar energy can be used to power many aspects of your home, such as heating up your water, providing electricity and even providing nice outdoor lighting. Because solar power comes directly from the sun, it is free and does not harm the environment. However, it can be tricky and expensive to install so it’s always worth talking to an expert before considering using this form of energy.
These simple eco-friendly ways to improve your home can help you to improve your home, save money, and go green at the same time. This is an incredible combination of benefits, so make use of this advice today.