Sustainable Home Improvements
There are many things that you can do to live greener that do not involve going tiny. If you want to do better within your own home, there are many options to choose from. Renovations and upgrades will help your home to run more efficiently and can save you money over time on your utilities, or through tax breaks. Here are eight ideas for sustainable home improvements:
- Solar panel installation can shave dollars off of your electric bill and possibly get you a tax credit.
- A geothermal heating and cooling system will reduce your fossil fuel use by using relatively constant underground temperatures to climate control your home.
- New air-tight windows to make your home more energy efficient. Old, drafty windows can result in a loss of 25% of your home’s heating and cooling energy.
- Update the insulation in your house to keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
- Upgrade appliances to ENERGYSTAR to ensure you are saving as much energy as possible.
- Install a water catchment system so that you can take advantage of rain water. You can keep it simple, and harness the rain water to use for watering your garden, or go more elaborate and include a filtration system for drinking water use.
- Update all of your lightbulbs to LED for a simple and quick way to save energy.
- Replace your toilet – not only can your toilet be leaking gallons of water without your knowledge, but you could easily upgrade your toilet to a WaterSense certified one to ensure that you are using the least amount of water necessary every time you flush.
These are just a few of the upgrades you can make during home renovations to ensure that you are doing your part for the betterment of the Earth. Do your own research to determine which ones will work best for you.