Remodeling With Eco-Friendly Features
15 June 2016
Remodeling your home with eco-friendly upgrades has its benefits including the opportunity to save you money. In today’s market it’s a smart decision that will be good for both the planet and your own health.
Here are some factors you may want to consider as you start thinking about your environmentally friendly, energy-efficient home.
The right materials
Look also at environmentally friendly substitutes, many of which won’t cost more than their less friendly counterparts. For example:
- Linoleum instead of vinyl
- Low or no-VOC paints
- Bamboo, cork, or reclaimed wood
As homes become much more energy efficient, homeowners can rely on technology to help manage their homes. We’re already living in a time where you can successfully manage the temperature with your cell phone through home automation systems.
Energy Star appliances
Choose Energy Star rated appliances, which will use less energy and often don’t cost more. Check with your local utility company; you may get a rebate on your purchase and money back for recycle an old appliance. There are also federal tax credits made available on certain purchases, as explained on the Energy Star website.
Not sure where to start? Get a home energy audit — a quick walk through, it may clue you in on a few simple changes that will save you cash.
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