Home improvements do not just beautify a home but can also increase its value. However, as homeowners continue becoming more environmentally conscious, many seek ways to improve their homes following the principles of green living. Here are some simple eco-friendly ways to increase the value of a property.
Consider installing solar panels. Although many people have used solar heating to warm their homes for years, solar panels are a completely new technology. They do not have any moving parts and are installed on rooftops or any other area exposed to the sun. After installation, homeowners do not have to add fuel to the solar panels to create energy; energy is instead gathered from the sun, which is free! You might even get a tax break for using sustainable energy in your home!
Consider replacing standard light bulbs in the home with fluorescent bulbs. These bulbs use less than two thirds of the energy that standard bulbs use and last longer. This translates to increased savings on energy bills.
The roof color and material determines the temperature in the attic. Light colored roofs can considerably lower the temperature in a house than dark colored tiles. Homeowners should consider installing white tiles on their roofs. These tiles have certain properties that help reduce the temperature in the attic.
Consider installing motion detectors outside the home to replace outdoor lighting. Leaving lights on all night results in wasted energy and high energy bills. Outdoor light fixtures should be activated by motion sensors or timers to keep the home well lit while saving on energy and money.
Find out if the house has leaky pipes and repair them. Saving water should be made a family affair. Parents should provide the best example and teach their kids to turn off taps after use.
These are a worthwhile investment for any home. They can even be installed in a rented home because the tenant can take them away when moving. Flow showerheads cut down on water usage and energy costs.
This can be created in the backyard. Compost is a small hole where dirt and other biodegradable wastes are mixed to create a rich soil suitable for gardening. The composting pile should be turned every week or so for aeration. Throw away eggshells, spoiled vegetables, coffee grounds and other garbage into the compost.
Once ready, the pile can be used much like manure on a farm or garden. Creating compost is not just a means of obtaining rich so but can also help cut down on littering.
Air Conditioner Cleaning and Repair
Clean out the air conditioner and undertake regular cleaning of the system’s filters. Dirt hampers the performance of an air conditioning system. This results in high energy bills. Homeowners should also adjust the thermostat to the changing temperatures outside the house – much energy is wasted by keeping the thermostat colder or hotter than it needs to be.
One means of improving a home to attain energy efficiency and increase the house’s value is by installing an automated thermostat. Though these thermostats are more expensive than the manual type, they are worth the cost as they help homeowners spend less on energy.
Fireplace Glass Doors
Consider installing glass doors for the fireplace. This type of door is much safer than fireplace screens. They also reduce heat loss through the chimney. Use the fireplace only when necessary as it sends heated air up the chimney.
Alex Wayne is a full-time home improvement, plumbing and HVAC blogger for RS Andrews Atlanta.
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