Remodel Your Home to Make It Greener
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If you are concerned about lowering your energy bills while taking care of the environment, consider remodeling your home to make it greener. There are several things that you can do to an existing home to conserve energy. Here are some ideas on how to make your home greener.
Install Energy-Efficient Windows
Think about replacing the windows in your home with energy-efficient windows. Typically, these have three panes of gas making it nearly impossible for the air in your home to escape outside. These windows also do a good job of stopping air from outside coming into the home. They also fit extremely tightly helping to prevent air gaps around their edges. You can also find them in a variety of styles, which makes them the perfect option for any home.
Remodel the Bathroom
Your commode uses about 30 percent of the water in your home. If you still have a traditional commode, then save water by installing a low-flow toilet. Install aerators on the lavatory and the shower is another great way to make your home greener. Choose low volatile organic compounds paints when it is time to spruce up your bathroom walls. Complete your bathroom remodeling by installing compact-fluorescent bulbs.
Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances
Think about remodeling your kitchen to include greener appliances. Place your new refrigerator away from any heat source and it will cost even less to operate. While it is important to always wash only full loads of laundry, choose a washer with a high spin speed to cut down on drying time. Take advantage of a new dishwasher’s ability to clean dishes without needing to prewash them. Let dishes air dry instead of using the heat-dry mode.
Use Solar Power
There are several ways that you can use solar power in your home. Install a solar-powered hot water tank. Use passive-space heating to heat your home. Think about using solar-powered lights to light your home. Consider installing solar panels and running your entire home off the sun’s energy. There are many gadgets that may make living in your home more comfortable that can be powered by solar-powered batteries.
Use these ideas to get you started on making your home greener, and you can feel proud that you are doing your part to save the environment. Then, add your own creativity to redesign the perfect energy-efficient space. You will love living in a newly remodeled home, and you will save money on your energy bills!
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