Many people are looking for green energy-saving ideas. Some are just looking to save money on their utility bills, but other homeowners realize there is an increased demand for green homes from buyers. A green home is one that is environmentally responsible and resource efficient. Investing in your home’s energy efficiency can help you save energy and money in the long run.
Here are some green energy-saving ideas:
We picked this as first on our list because it gives the biggest bang for the buck. Not only will it help with heating and cooling costs, but it also pays for itself.
A new ENERGY STAR rated Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Unit (HVAC) is another big winner for cutting costs and adding value. The National Association of Realtor’s Remodeling Impact Report lists a new HVAC in the top 10 for most desired interior projects by home buyers.
Tankless Water Heater
These are not your grandfather’s tankless water heaters. New ENERGY STAR rated tankless water heaters are on demand and do not waste money keeping water hot in a tank.
ENERGY STAR certified air purifiers, refrigerators, dishwashers, and other appliances will all make your home greener, save you money, and reduce your carbon footprint.
Energy efficiency relies on closing your home envelope. Older windows allow energy from heating and cooling to flow out of your house. New windows are another great investment, adding value to your home.
Much like new windows, new entry doors help to seal your home and keeps energy from escaping. Again, because of the demand for green homes, new entry doors are on the list of most desired by home buyers, adding real value to your home.
There is a number of other smaller air sealing projects such as sealing outlets and behind windows and window trim. Also, make sure to check the weather-stripping around doors and windows. You should consider sealing fireplaces.
The last item on our list is using alternative energy sources. One choice is buying your electricity from a clean energy company. Another is installing a renewable system: solar, wind, hybrid, or maybe even microhydropower.
If you would like to talk more about green energy-saving ideas, or need more information, please contact our expert electricians or HVAC technicians. We specialize in working with homeowners to ensure they’re saving money while staying green!