If you feel that your family is using too much energy due to your high energy bills, now is the perfect time to make some changes. There are many home improvements you can do that lower your carbon footprint while also increasing your home's value. Here are some eco-friendly home improvements to consider.
Install Eco-Friendly Flooring
If you are planning on upgrading your flooring, consider having more environmentally-friendly flooring installed. There are a few options available that are better for the environment than traditional flooring. They include:
- Bamboo – Bamboo flooring is both beautiful and environmentally-friendly. Bamboo is a type of grass that is a renewable resource. You won't be using the earth's precious trees for wood to create your lovely hard flooring. You can install flooring in different rooms of your home, and choose from a variety of shades and colors. Whether you want a walnut color to mimic hardwood flooring or a natural green shade, there will something available.
- Marmoleum – Marmoleum is another earth-friendly flooring option available. This is a type of linoleum flooring that is manufactured with natural and renewable materials like ground limestone, plant fiber, renewable wood fibers, and linseed oil. It is also resistant to stains and biodegradable.
- Hardwood – Some hardwood flooring is actually considered friendlier to the environment because they come from forests with renewable resources. Some hardwood to consider includes White Tigerwood and Brazilian Cherry.
Consider a Tankless Water Heater
If you use a traditional water heater, it is probably using up a lot of energy by keeping the water heated at all times. However, tankless water heaters don't heat the water until the faucets turn on. While it can take a little longer for the water to heat up, you are using far less heat and energy to get the water to the desired temperature. There are tankless water heaters available that are gas or electric, so you have some variety.
Change Your Roofing Style
When it is time to remodel your roof, there are a couple eco-friendly options. The first option is to install solar panels. Most roofing materials can handle the weight and installation of solar panels, but your contractor might recommending adding another stability layer to withstand the panels. Solar panels allow you to get the majority of your electricity from the sun's UV rays. This reduces the amount of energy you use, and your state might even offer credits or rebates.
Another roofing option is to have a cool roof installed. Cool roofs use light colors and certain materials to reduce how much heat they absorb. With a cool roof, the sun's harsh rays are reflected off the roof, so inside you home doesn't get as hot. This reduces how much you need to use your air conditioner, thus reducing your energy bill.