There are many reasons for making green home improvements. You will reduce your energy costs. You can reduce your environmental impact and reduce your carbon footprint. There is also the fact that energy-efficient upgrades are in demand from homebuyers, and help increase a home's price at resale. With so many good reasons for making green home improvements, it only makes sense to act before selling your home in Dallas.
Green Home Basics
While there is no universal definition for a green home, there are several common points:
- Energy and water efficient
- Use of renewable energy
- Use of recycled construction materials
- Use of low-impact materials
All green home improvements begin with energy efficiency. This is because the energy we used comes from burning fossil fuels. The pollution from power plants creates acid rain, smog, and causes man made climate change. When we use less energy, we are the cause of less pollution. Since heating and cooling uses the most energy, many home improvement projects start there.
Heating & Cooling Energy
Heating and cooling can account for 40 percent of a home's energy consumption. The most obvious improvement is installing a new HVAC system. Today's heating and cooling units are 40 percent more energy-efficient than those just 10 years ago. However, major improvements also come from closing the building envelope and air-sealing a house.
Insulation - You never need to replace insulation unless it gets wet. However, ensure your home has a sufficient amount of attic insulation.
Air Ducts - Seal air ducts. Up to 30 percent of the air moving through a home's system is lost because of poorly connected ducts and/or holes.
Windows & Doors - Newer ENERGY STAR certified windows and doors work to keep heating and cooling energy within your home.
Many people settle for upgrading their HVAC system and air-sealing their house. However, there are other ideas to consider.
Alternative Energy - You can choose an alternative energy supplier, but why not generate your own? Consider installing a renewable system like solar, wind, or a solar/wind hybrid.
Tankless Water Heater - Modern tankless water heaters are energy-efficient and do not use energy keeping a tank hot. Heat just what you need when you need it.
Low Flow Fixtures - Traditional faucets, showers, and toilets use way more water than they need for the task. Also, consider a water efficient dishwasher.
Thermostat - The ideal temperature for balancing cost and comfort is 68 degrees. Using a programmable thermostat means you don't need to heat or cool a home unnecessarily when people are not there.
Landscaping - The right landscaping will help keep your home cool in the summer, and protect it from the cold in the winter. Plant shade trees on the western and southern sides of your home.
Geothermal - If you are thinking about upgrading your HVAC, why not consider a geothermal system? In the winter, it draws heat from the earth. In the summer, it extracts the heat in your home's air and places it in the ground.
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