Going Green: 4 Eco-Friendly Home Improvements
Is one of your goals this year to go green in more areas of your life? Perhaps you’ve decided to have a designated recycling area in your home next to your normal trash bin. Or you have begun using plastic alternatives. When it comes to your home, you can also apply this “greener” way of life as a homeowner. Not only are these earth-friendly upgrades better for the environment, but they are also more appealing to the modern homebuyer if you’re looking to sell in the near future. Here are four environmentally friendly upgrades to make in your home when you’re going green.
Make your home smarter.
If you haven’t already, upgrading your home with smart technology is key when you’re ready to sell and to embrace the more eco-friendly way of life. Energy-consuming home features such as appliances, the thermostat and even light switches can be remotely controlled from smartphones instead of running during all hours of the day. Whether you choose to install smart technology in one area or all throughout your home, experts say that smart homes will become more common over the next decade, which means your future buyers will be on the lookout for these updates.
Install a living wall.
Embracing a more eco-friendly lifestyle can seem overwhelming as you begin your research. But if you love gardening already, going green within your home isn’t too far from this. That’s where living walls come in. Living walls are essentially vertical gardens that are installed on a wall within or outside of your home. Because house plants already improve the air quality by removing pollutants and circulating more oxygen, entire living walls even more so accomplish the job. In addition, they are also a very chic addition to the design of your home.
Reconsider your roof.
You have a few options when it comes to going green and reconsidering the material of your roof. First, there’s metal. Metal roofs are fabulous because this material often lasts decades, reflects heat instead of stores it, which makes your home more cool without using as much energy. There are also green roofs. Green roofs are exactly how they sound. They are green spaces, or gardens, grown on your roof. Not only do they absorb stormwater, which can lead to less usage of a complex drainage system, but like metal, they also lower your home’s overall cooling costs.
Install energy-efficient light bulbs.
Energy-efficient light bulbs are another way to go the green route. Experts say that even though LED bulbs are much more expensive than incandescent bulbs, they use about 75 percent less electricity making them much more cost-effective and energy-efficient. CFLs are another option and more affordable route to take, but they do not last as long as LEDs. While energy-efficient light bulbs cost more upfront, they save you more money overtime.