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.
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