Eco-Friendly Ideas for Homes
Eco–Friendly Home Upgrades
With energy costs rising 6% every year, eco-friendly home upgrades are the last resort of homeowners to reduce their energy consumption. However, after paying for eco-friendly home upgrades, homeowners do not see much improvement to their energy bills. Note that not all home energy improvements can give you the result that you desire. Below are lists of eco-friendly home improvements that you can install to your home and improve the cost of your utility bills.
Solar Hot Water
By channeling water from rooftop panels to a tank, you will limit your home’s energy use for heating water.
Green roofs are plant filled flat rooftop that not just limit water run-off, but also provide enhanced insulation to your home. With your roof properly insulated, you will decrease the energy consumption of your utility appliances and save energy in return.
Converting solar energy to electricity can significantly decrease your home’s energy cost. Installing solar panels to your home is now made affordable for average homeowners through grants and tax incentives.
Installing metal roofing or Smart shingles can limit the heat of the sun that is transferred from the roof to the attic.
Seal Duct Leaks
Insulated and sealed ducts improve the functionality of your cooling and heating system. This limits the amount of air lost while traveling on your home’s utility ducts.
Low Emissive Windows
Low emissive windows can reduce your home’s energy cost because this alters the way windows transfer heat from the outside inside the house.
Thermal Mass Floors
Thermal mass flooring materials like ceramic tiles can reduce the demand of energy on the furnace or the A/C wiring system.
Radiant systems apply heat directly to floors. This decreases your home’s energy cost for up to 40%.
Walls that are properly insulated have fewer gaps. Therefore, you will reduce the energy consumption of utility appliances from the inside to leak outside. This will also trap air from the outside so it will not enter your home.
Large Scale Water Conservation/Retention
Grey water collection systems recycle rain water for irrigation or toilets. By using alternative source of water for irrigation, you can dramatically decrease your water costs.
Whole House Water Filters
Installing a filtration system allows you to supply filtered water to every faucet in the house. This cuts the cost of buying filtered bottled water.
Benefits of Home Improvements
Aside from improving your energy bills, these home improvements can also give you the highest return of your investment. Through the help of tax incentives and grants, you can afford these eco-friendly home improvements. Aside from being affordable, these energy systems can give you the highest rate return of your investment in the long run. These energy systems can last for over 15 years. Just imagine how much you can save from your energy costs within that period of time?
Note that the cost of these energy systems may vary from state-to-state and provider-to-provider. It would be best if you take advantage of leasing systems such as sola or the local and national tax incentives for your home upgrades. In this way, you can install upgrades on your home at highly affordable price.
Becoming a landlord is a major deal and no one can simply get up and think, “well, yes I think I should be a landlord and rent out my flat.” If you are thinking that you would like to be a landlord,... More
Landlords and aspiring landlords, do not become as such, without guidance and advice. There is a lot that goes into being a landlord nowadays; in fact, there is so much to learn that it often confuses... More
Renting out an apartment or a house can become a constant revenue source for landlords, but at the same time, it gives rise to several problems. It is a fact that high standards, a strict lease... More
If you are currently thinking of becoming a landlord only because it helps you have a constant stream of income, you should think twice. It’s not that you should not consider offering your property... More
When it comes to paying taxes, most individuals have no idea that they may be paying so much without needing to do so. The same goes for landlords. Why should you or any other landlord be paying more... More
For a landlord, it is of immense importance to ensure that they only let a qualified tenant to move in. It is however every landlord’s nightmare when they get tenants from hell who make the tenancy... More
There are many terms and concepts used in the realms of landlording, and when it comes to learning everything in the property business, most aspiring property owners find them in trouble. Most... More
Not all tenants are alike; some of them are good, others are from hell. That’s why one should know the right way to deal with bad tenants. They can be troublesome in the sense that they can damage... More
Landlord Tips and Tricks for 2013 Landlord Tip #1 Your going to want to plan ahead for a rainy day when you have unexpected expenses that arise. Take the time to obtain a line of credit when cash flow... More