By guest writer Ryan Jones from Modernize.
Investing in a home remodel is a great way to give your property an updated look and, at the same time, reduce your household’s carbon footprint on the planet overall. With the right projects in place, you’ll likely see an impressive savings on your energy and water costs throughout the year.
Modernize suggests implementing one or more of the following interesting options:
Replace the Hot Water Heater
You can cut your household’s hot water heating costs in half simply by replacing your current gas or electric propane heater with a solar option. What’s more is that your new solar hot water heater will cut your carbon emissions in half, and it should last about 20 years on average, which is significantly longer than most gas and electric options. And with a solar hot water heater in place, your family can expect to enjoy their hot water without having to wait long for it to warm up.
Invest in Energy Star Doors and Windows
Installing Energy Star rated doors and windows will make your home look newer both inside and out, as well as provide extra insulation that should significantly decrease your monthly power bills. Windows with an Energy Star label are treated with a special coating to protect your interior walls, flooring, and furniture from harmful UV rays, helping to preserve your investments long-term. Because Energy Star windows minimise energy loss, you can feel good about decreasing your home’s impact on the planet’s resources.
Install Some Ceiling Fans in Popular Rooms
Not only are ceiling fans sure to provide your home with a modern look and feel, but they’ll help you save money by reducing your need to use the HVAC system in both summer and winter. The average ceiling fan uses only 60 watts of power each hour it’s turned on high, as opposed to the 3,500 watts it would take for the HVAC system to maintain comfortable temperatures indoors for that same hour.
And you should find that when spending time in a specific room, a ceiling fan is pretty effective at keeping temperatures just right. During the summer, program your ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise to create a continuous breeze in your space. During the winter, program your ceiling fans to run clockwise so warm air is constantly mixed with the cold air throughout your home.
Plant a Few Deciduous Trees in the Yard
Believe it or not, you can save about 12 percent on annual energy costs, increase your property value, improve curb appeal, and protect your home from extreme weather conditions all simply by planting a few deciduous trees in the yard. Deciduous trees are full of large, lush leaves in the summer, which protect your home from excessive sun and naturally keep temperatures cool inside. During the winter, deciduous trees lose their leaves so the sun can naturally heat your home up. Consider planting sycamore, crab apple, cherry, or magnolia.
While these home remodeling options require an initial investment, they should pay for themselves within just a few short years and provide you with decades of benefits.
Modernize offers the best resources to bring your home upgrades to life. They do this by providing quality educational content to inspire ideas, and by connecting you with their network of industry-leading contractors to get projects done. For more information, visit their website.
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