4 Eco-Friendly Upgrades Every New Homeowner Should Consider
An eco-friendly home has reduced energy use, which saves money on energy bills. It also has a smaller carbon footprint, which helps to lower greenhouse emissions that are tied to climate change. Who knew that moving could be a chance to help the environment?
Let’s take a look at some eco-friendly upgrades for you to consider when moving in your new home.
Before Moving In
Small changes can make a huge difference. Even what, why, and how you pack your things as you move can be the start of some great changes.
Try these tips before moving in:
- Go through your things and either donate, trash, or recycle whatever you don’t use anymore.
- Use reusable boxes and bins made from recycles plastic. These are more sustainable than cardboard boxes and can be used multiple times.
- Bubble wrap is especially harmful to the environment. Instead, try using newspaper, blankets, towels, or egg cartons to pack your items. Alternatively, buy bubble wrap or peanuts that are marked as biodegradable, or recyclable packing paper.
After you’re all set, consider the following eco-friendly upgrades.
Whether the windows are outdated or just plain ordinary windows, swapping them for double glazed windows can significantly increase the energy efficiency of your home. They’ll keep the air temperature inside much more stable and even reduce the sound that comes in from the outside, making for a quieter home.
Curtains are another important factor in creating a quiet, comfortable environment. Thick, high-quality curtains will ensure that cold air stays out, keeping the home warmer during the winter.
- Opt for Efficient Appliances
Throughout the house, old and outdated appliances can raise your energy bills considerably. Replace appliances in the laundry room and kitchen with new
Energy Star efficient models. For instance, a solar hot water heater can save up to 80% on your energy bills. This not only reduces your home’s ecological footprint and energy costs but also increases its resale value.
- Use Energy-Saving Bulbs
Going through your home and replacing all the light bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs will save you a lot of money, both on your energy bills and in replacement bulb costs, since LED bulbs last longer. They’re also much friendlier to the planet. While the initial expense of switching to LEDs may seem expensive, the money you’ll save in the long run is worth it.
- Insulate The Attic
You already know that heat rises. Depending on the attic space, this means that it can be a wonderfully warm room that you can use, if it’s properly insulated. Even if using it as a room is not an option, good insulation is a must to keep the roof from being another culprit that loses heat and energy. Blown-in attic insulation can provide a nearly 15-25% in savings on your energy bill.
When you’re making a fresh start, it never hurts to take a little more time to create a more environmentally friendly home. It will save you money, increase your home’s resale value, and add more style and function to your home.
~Jeff E. Brown is a freelance writer and a self-taught handy man with a knack for lifehacking and DIY projects. Based out of his home office where his two dogs keep him company while he types, Jeff loves writing about home improvement topics, teaching others all the tips and tricks he has learned since he moved out of an apartment and into a house. When he’s not writing, he loves organizing barbecue parties in his garden.
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