Homeowners are always looking for ways to update their homes for aesthetics and convenience, but what about eco-friendliness? Making your home eco-friendlier decreases its carbon footprint on the planet, and in most cases, makes your home more energy-efficient overall.
If you’re looking to make some upgrades in your home, look to these green renovation ideas for inspiration.
Renewable Heating Systems
The biggest benefit of installing a renewable heating system is that your supply of fuel for heat will never run out. Renewable heating systems include biomass boilers and air source heat pumps, both of which use heat sources found in nature or are easily replenished anywhere.
Want to save money on your water bill and save the planet at the same time? Consider installing water-saving faucets and showerheads to start, and if you have a garden, seriously think about installing a water diverter that flushes wastewater out to your garden where it can once again be useful.
Although triple-paned windows can be expensive to install, their benefits far outweigh the cost. Adding that extra layer of glass will reduce outside noise and provide extra protection against the outside elements. Your energy bills will decrease significantly, and your home’s interior temps will stay steady and comfortable all year long.
If your home has old, single-pane windows, installing new, dual-pane windows will make a huge difference in terms of comfort and energy efficiency. Dual-pane windows have two panes of glass with a small space in between to form an air pocket. This air pocket keeps the outside temps from affecting your indoor temps, which helps your heating and cooling systems work less.
Take advantage of natural lighting and use electric lights less by installing skylights throughout your home. Skylights can come with ventilation and radiation heat control features as well.
Insulation is one of those things you really can’t afford to overlook. If you live in an older home, having extra insulation installed can greatly reduce your energy bills and thus, your home’s impact on the planet.
Sustainable/reusable Building Materials
The home building industry is under great pressure to use sustainable and/or reusable materials in the construction of new homes. Reusing building materials is a great way to cut down on deforestation and save money. If you’re planning to add on to your existing home or build a new home, consider using as many sustainable and/or reusable materials as possible in the construction.
Solar panels are a great way to save money on your energy bills while taking advantage of natural energy sources. Unfortunately, many people don’t like the way they look, so if they’re visible from the front of your home, it could impact its value. With that said, the money you’ll save and the energy the panels produce naturally are well worth the risk of devaluing your home a tad bit.
If you’re considering making some upgrades to your home, be sure to consider these greener renovation ideas that are sure to save you money and the planet.