Whether you are looking for small projects or major overhauls, now is a great time to start planning your green remodeling goals for 2016.
If you are looking for ways to remodel your home this year, consider doing so with a green spin. In the long run, you are likely to save a little green in your wallet as well. With increasing awareness of climate change concerns, consumers are becoming more mindful about making purchases that are kinder to the environment.
Utility bills skyrocket during the frigid winter months, but a few simple tasks can be done now to help you save energy and money next winter. Weatherization projects include sealing cracks or holes near doors and windows. This simple improvement will lower energy use by preventing heat from escaping the home. Purchase caulk, weather-stripping, and window films to complete these projects now for a lower utility bill next winter.
Those of us who are lucky to have clean water should be using this resource responsibly. Simple solutions to conserve water include turning the water off while brushing teeth, and taking shorter showers. Save even more water with some more easy DIY solutions. When it is time to replace your toilet, opt for a low-flush model. Install a low-flow shower head and faucet aerators to use the minimum amount necessary. We have implemented these changes in my home, and my eco-guilt lightened along with my shower pressure.
Larger Investments, Larger Returns
If you are looking forward to a sizable tax return that you would like to invest in your home, or you are simply ready to take green remodeling to the next level, windows and solar panels are the top projects to tackle this year.
New windows, including storm windows and storm doors, will cost a lot of money initially, but each year after that, utility bills will be lower as your house requires less energy to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
When shopping for energy-efficient windows, look for the U-factor and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). The first factor measures a window’s rate of heat loss, while the SHGC measures a window’s ability to block heat from the sun. The lower the number, the better, for both ratings. Choose the most energy-efficient windows that you can afford for the best return on energy savings for years to come.
Finally, one of the best green investments to save energy is creating your own energy with solar panels. Harnessing this renewable and abundant resource is sustainable because we simply cannot use too much of the sun’s power. While this greening project is an expensive endeavor, there are options to make this energy-saving, money-saving plan affordable. Some solar panel providers offer leasing options or solar garden options to share with neighbors or communities.
Greening your home should be a top priority in 2016. The sooner you tackle these energy-saving projects, the sooner you will reap the rewards of saving money. At Modernize, we appreciate homeowners who remodel their homes in the most eco-friendly manner possible. Whether you are looking for small projects or major overhauls, now is a great time to start planning your green remodeling goals for 2016.
- Stephanie Sylvester wrote this article.
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