With environmentalism gaining in popularity around the world, and especially in the residential arena due to the numerous long-term benefits it has on the ecosystem as well as your financial status and quality of life, homeowners are becoming increasingly interested in introducing eco-friendly solutions in their homes. And there is no better way to go green than to renovate your house with energy-efficiency in mind.
Not only does an eco-friendly approach to home renovation help preserve the environment, but by conserving precious resources such as energy and water, you will effectively decrease your expenses and increase your budget. With these benefits in mind, here are the 5 essential steps that will help you renovate for maximum efficiency.
Wall, window and roof insulation
Among numerous passive design features, you can introduce into your home, wall, window and roof insulation is one of the most cost-effective long-term solutions that can significantly decrease your annual energy consumption, and thus your financial expenses.
However, insulating your roof or attic, along with installing green windows and insulating your walls can be quite expensive. That’s why you should learn more about home energy improvement financing in order to assess your options for introducing these solutions without having to accumulate capital right away. Remember, it’s all about thinking long-term, so don’t put it off. Rather, make these changes now for a positive ROI in the near future.
Realizing energy independence with solar panels
Establishing monetary independence is every homeowner’s dream, and in the 21st century, modern eco-friendly solutions are making this dream attainable through solar energy. If you want to take your energy efficiency game to the next level, you shouldn’t skip the idea of installing solar panels on your roof in order to supply your home with clean energy while making financial savings in the process.
Depending on your location, roof positioning, and climate, your contractor will be able to advise you on the best option for your home, your current energy consumption, as well as your long-term plans. Before long, you will be able to take your house off the municipal power grid and establish true energy independence at no cost to the environment.
Building with sustainable materials
Nowadays, reclaimed materials can look just as fancy as those shiny new ones you can find in your local home depot, so rather than spending a small fortune on renovating with brand new materials, think sustainable instead. If you still want only the crème de la crème for your new interior, consider purchasing materials that have been harvested sustainably as opposed to materials that have contributed to deforestation and climate change.
Another sweet benefit of knocking down a wall or two is that you can salvage some of the demolition materials to incorporate them into your new interior or exterior solutions. Consider salvaging bricks and wooden elements, giving them a good old spit n’ shine, and repurposing them for other architectural novelties in your home.
Opting for energy-efficient appliances
The next step towards minimizing energy consumption in your home is to say goodbye to your old, worn-out appliances and swap them out for their eco-friendly, contemporary counterparts. Modern appliances are not only built to last, but they are also built to conserve as much energy (and water) as possible by allowing you to take full control of their operations.
Furthermore, green appliances also boast specific energy conservation settings, allowing you to simply pick your preferred operating mode and let it do the rest. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, be sure to look for devices with Energy Star ratings detailing their level of eco-friendliness. The new generation of Electrolux appliances is a great example, considerably lowering your energy and water bills while protecting the environment in so doing.
Saving energy through water efficiency
Creating a green living environment without thinking about water efficiency wouldn’t be very prudent, now would it? Water wastage is one of the leading causes of climate change in the world, and it is the main culprit in the growing scarcity of this precious resource across the globe. What’s more, if financial freedom and security is your aspiration, then introducing water conservation around the household will get you there!
Consider everything from faucet aerators to low-flow toilets and water-efficient shower heads in the bathroom and replace your old water heating system with a more sustainable, green solution such as a solar water heater. Do the same for the kitchen, couple these features with other energy-friendly solutions and you will have no problem transforming your home into a green powerhouse.
Energy efficiency is no longer an optional addition to a household in the modern world – it has become a way of life and a necessity. By introducing these essential features into your renovation plans you will have no problem creating an eco-friendly living environment the entire family will enjoy.
Author Bio: If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.