Upgrading your home with eco-friendly products has never been easier and can save you money by reducing utility bills and increasing the value of your home. If you’ve been thinking about making some changes to your conventional home and creating a sustainable environment, these are a few upgrades that will make a difference.
Smart HVAC Systems
One simple and affordable improvement is to install a programmable and smart thermostat. Most newer HVAC systems can be controlled with a smart thermostat that is synced to your phone and you can create a schedule for when your heating and air conditioning is on. Not only is this more efficient, but you will not be wasting energy heating or cooling your house when no one is home.
Another great upgrade is to install double glazed windows. Once you have your new thermostat installed, you need to make sure your windows are not leaking hot and cold air outside. Double glazing creates a barrier and there is less condensation on the panes. One of the best ways to increase the value of your home is by installing new windows that lower your energy bill and increase home security.
If you have owned your home for several years, you might also want to consider updating your appliances. Energy Star appliances use less electricity and are more eco-friendly by using 10% – 50% less energy saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint.
When remodeling or upgrading your bathroom, consider installing low-flow toilets. New WaterSense toilets could save thousands of gallons of water each year. This also applies to your shower and faucets. Standard faucets use over two gallons of water per minute while a WaterSense faucet uses much less.
Replacing light bulbs is another great upgrade to make throughout the home. You can purchase CFL and LED bulbs for an affordable price and some LED’s will last 25,000 hours. Old incandescent bulbs do not last as long and use more electricity. Not only is the light brighter with LED’s, but you also won’t have to worry about changing the bulbs in your light fixtures as often.
Whether you are upgrading your home to energy-efficient and eco-friendly products for your family or you are hoping to increase the value of your home, these improvements can save you money. You will have fewer maintenance issues, use less electricity, and increase the energy efficiency of the house.
Emma Sturgis, the author, is a freelance writer from Boston, MA.