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10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

Whether you are building a new home or purchasing an existing one, you should always consider adding eco-friendly features that will help you take advantage of lower energy costs, and make the house more marketable when it’s time to sell in the future. If you need a little help deciding what you should do, here are a few ideas on how to green your new home. Although adding green features may seem a little pricey up front, green upgrades will save you money in the long run through reduced energy bills. Plus, they help you contribute to energy and water conservation, which allows you to do your small part to protect the environment for future generations.

  1. Programmable Thermostats – Given that over half of your energy bills go towards heating and cooling your house, this is an easy way to save energy and cut utility bills. Consider purchasing a 5-1-1 thermostat which will allow you to set a schedule for Monday through Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  2. LED Lighting – The LED Bulb is 80 percent more energy-efficient and lasts 25 times longer than a traditional 60-watt light bulb. This is also a pretty easy swap you can do on your own anytime. I recommend the HomeSelects Saturn Brush Nickel LED Flushmount from the Home Depot. It’s easy to install and the kit has everything that you need!
  3. Low-flow Plumbing Fixtures – There are many low-flow features you can add to your new home to conserve water and cut down on your water bill costs, including faucets, showerheads and toilets. Toilets are the most obvious starting point because they use 26 percent of the water in your home.
  4. ENERGY STAR Appliances –  ENERGY STAR appliances earn the label by meeting a certain list of criteria set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These appliances offer significant energy and water savings (usually 10 to 50 percent) without compromising performance. ENERGY STAR appliances are often priced comparably to other less efficient products.
  5. Energy-efficient Windows – Replacing windows on an existing home isn’t always a good idea because it can be quite expensive and only offers an energy bill savings of 7 to 15 percent  But if you’re building a house, choosing energy-efficient windows during construction provides enough energy savings to cover the added cost per window (usually $15 more than a generic window).
  6. Sustainable Materials – You don’t have to compromise your tastes to be green. Beautiful flooring and countertop options can be chosen with Mother Nature in mind. For flooring, consider Bamboo. Not only is often stained in interesting colors and looks more like grained wood, it’s also much harder and more durable than traditional bamboo. For countertops, you could go with recycled glass surface like Vetrazzo instead of granite or another stone that is not renewable.
  7. HVAC System Upgrades – Heating and cooling your home costs an average of more than $1,000 a year. So, it’s clear that choosing an upgraded HVAC system will help you save energy and money. The key to maximizing energy efficiency in the HVAC system is proper installation and regular system maintenance. Change your filters regularly as-needed and consider purchasing an annual service plan with One Hour Heating and Air of Indianapolis.
  8. Landscaping – Believe it or not, proper landscaping can add to the energy efficiency of your home by providing shade in the summer months and insulation in the winter months.In the summer, the trees will provide shade and block infrared radiation, keeping your house cooler. In the winter, when the trees lose their leaves, they will allow more sunlight to reach the windows and warm your home.
  9. Tankless Water Heater – Not only are these water heaters practical for large households with their ability to provide instant hot water, they also conserve energy in the process. They heat only the water that is needed as it passes through an electric coil. This eliminates excess energy costs and wasted energy associated with a tank.
  10. Proper Insulation – Probably the most important green home upgrade to consider when building a home is proper insulation. Insulation can cost a considerable amount if you wait to install it at a later date, so it’s best to take care of it during initial construction. Proper insulation will ensure that expensive energy that’s heating and cooling your home isn’t escaping out the windows or through the roof.

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Renee Davis

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The Modglin Group

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