Creating a green home may not seem like an option for everyone. Some people may believe that creating a green home means building a green home from the ground up, remodeling huge areas of a home to be green or costly upgrades from standard building materials. In truth, there are four ways to create a green home that are easy, budget friendly and that may improve monthly utility costs and the value of a home.
Roof and Ceiling Insulation
Having the proper insulation in a home is one of the most affordable ways to make a home green. If you have insulation that is the standard fiberglass insulation you may be having issues with air quality and overall insulation value. Fiberglass can wear down quickly depending on the extreme level of weather conditions. A suitable upgrade for standard fiberglass insulation is to move to a recycled insulation alternatives such as recycled denim insulation. It is roughly the same cost, provides higher air quality, lasts longer and can be recycled once it has reached its full potential of usage.
Pipes, Windows and Doors
Pipes, windows, and doors are the key areas for a home to lose insulation quality. A quick and easy way to reduce energy costs, increase insulation and possibly increase the value of a home is to ensure that insulation around pipes, windows, and doors is secure. Check weatherstripping, sealants and any special insulation that may be around these areas. Individuals who have chosen this option to upgrade and create a green home have seen reduced energy bills with in the first 2 to 3 billing cycles. In fact, this step can decrease energy costs monthly up to 25% or more.
Using blackout curtains in the rooms that are prone to high levels of sunlight can decrease energy costs and increase overall insulation value. These two aspects combined will form a greener home. Blackout curtains will keep not only sunlight out of rooms but also will maintain the right temperature level which will make heating and cooling the room easier. Blackout curtains can be considerably cost-effective and can lower energy bills. When individuals combine insulation techniques, proper weatherstripping techniques and blackout curtains they can reduce their energy bills up to 45%.
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