At some point in their lives, most homeowners will have to go through either a time of home renovation or home repairs, especially if they have been living in their home for decades.
Many people think that eco-friendly home repairs are too expensive or too inaccessible, but eco-friendly home repairs are becoming increasingly common and affordable.
Here are some of the most common eco-friendly repairs!
1. Opt for Energy-Efficient Appliances
One of the easiest ways to make your home more energy efficient is to replace old appliances with energy-efficient appliances.
Appliances that can be replaced with energy-efficient versions include:
. Air conditioners
. Water Heater
These appliances use less heat, water, or energy and can save homeowners up to $400 a year on their energy bill.
Not only can they save a homeowner money, but they also last longer than traditional appliances.
They can help reduce the amount of electricity or gas used, which is good for the environment.
2. Change the Location of Doors and Windows
If you are doing an extensive renovation on the home, one thing that you may consider is changing the location of doors and windows in the home.
This allows more natural light into the home, providing more natural heating and reducing the need electricity to provide artificial light.
Changing the location of doors and windows can save a homeowner money and reduce any wasted energy.
3. Repair Concrete
Concrete raising, lifting, and leveling is the process of correcting any problems with a concrete structure in the home, such as driveways, patios, and foundations of the home.
This process is eco-friendly because it often saves the homeowner from having to replace the concrete structure entirely, reducing fuel emissions, and lowering the use of cement that must be used.
Plus, it doesn’t damage the surrounding land nearly as much.
4. Use Recycled Materials in the Home
Another eco-friendly home renovation can be achieved through using recycled materials in the home.
Recycled materials can be using reclaimed lumber to build cabinets and flooring, repurposing old furniture and appliances, and using recycled glass for counter tops.
Recycled materials are a great way to reduce waste and save a homeowner money.
5. Replace the Roofing on Your House
Homeowners with traditional shingle roofs should consider replacing their roof with a metal roof.
Metal roofs are often made of recycled material and reflect 70 percent of the sun’s energy, which can help naturally cool the home.
This can help homeowners reduce their usage of energy and save money on electricity costs, which can add up in the long run.
6. Install Solar Panels
Another eco-friendly home renovation that a homeowner should consider is installing solar panels.
Solar panels are a growing trend in the US, with around 700,000 homes being powered by solar energy.
While solar panel installation can be expensive, many homeowners who install solar panels are eligible for a tax credit.
Additionally, homeowners can expect to save money on their energy bills, which helps pay for solar panels in the long term.
Using solar panels can also reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere since they rely on an alternative form of energy.
With so many ways to both save money and help the environment, most homeowners should consider going through eco-friendly home repairs or renovations.
Eco-friendly home repairs are being more affordable and accessible, and they can help increase the longevity of your home.
This article was written by Alyssa Gisseman who is a student at Brigham Young University. Alyssa is studying English language and editing.
She is an active Wikipedia editor and currently does copy writing and editing at Wallaroo Media.
She loves researching and sharing what she learns with others, especially when it is a topic as important as this one.
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