In the last few years, there has been a significant change in the way we look at remodeling our homes. Today people prefer green homes, which not only increases their value, but also reduce their cost of living overall. “Green Houses”, “smart houses”, and “sustainable lifestyles” are some phrases that are becoming more and more popular in housing and construction market.
These days’ people are interested in keeping their household expenses low, while making their homes “smarter” by adding innovative and energy efficient options to improve the way they function. Green energy options such as wind turbines, and solar panels are in-things, and people are increasingly prefer windows that allow homeowners to enjoy cross breezes instead of using air conditioning units. And, there is no better way to increase the value of your home or prepare it for sale than by making it as “green” as is possible.
We are providing few green home improvement tips to make it more energy efficient and increase its value:
* You remodeling design
When remodeling your house, your remodeling design is crucial. Certain elements such as room size, use of sustainable or recycled building material, passive cooling and heating considerations, placement of doors and windows insulation, and non-VOC paints are all important factors that can make huge difference in your green home renovation.
* Use of alternate energy
The cost of electricity to run lights and electricity or using gas and oil has a huge impact on both the budget and the carbon footprint. Photovoltaic panels catch the sunlight and transform it into energy which can be used in place of traditional energy sources. Water heating can be one of the biggest heating expenses. By replacing an old water heating system with a more energy efficient system that employs the use of solar energy or a high efficiency tank your savings can be significant.
* Windows and Doors
About 30 percent of cooling or heating cost of your house is lost through its windows. For this reason, you should try to increase the thermal performance of your windows. Exterior doors and windows should be placed in such a way that they take maximum advantage of natural heat and light, and also open up the air flow in the house. Double glazing can easily reduce the heat loss in the winters and louvered windows can also catch breeze in summers.
* Use energy efficient appliances
Cooking appliances, dishwashers, and refrigerators are biggest guzzlers of energy in any house. You should downsize or replace them with energy efficient appliances.
* Rain and grey water
You can add a external tank to harvest rainwater. This also ensures the supply of free water. This can be very helpful in the areas that face water scarcity. You can easily find them in agricultural outlets. Similarly, you can also add grey water system which recycles waste water into sewage system or garden.
These green home improvement ideas can go a long way in making your home a better place to live in. With these improvements, you can not only increase the value of your home, but can also reduce your energy expenses to a great extent.
Author Bio: Brian Potter is a Marketing Lead at HandyPro Atlanta providing all types of contracting and handyman services for residential and commercial clients. Our professional handymen are highly trained to handle all your repair and improvement needs including home modifications for seniors and disabled.