Making your home more energy efficient is something to consider when looking to sell your home, or when looking to renovate. There are a number of important factors to consider in the products and materials you use and, in addition to the environmental impact, you may also see other benefits.
As well as reducing your carbon footprint, making your home more energy efficient will see lower utility bills and potentially a higher ROI when looking to sell. Here are some ways to make your property more energy efficient:
Dual pane, energy efficient windows will provide better insulation for your home, reducing energy usage all year round. They also have the added benefit of sound-proofing qualities that can significantly reduce external noise – this is especially important if you live in a busy neighbourhood, or near a road.
A fresh coat of paint will transform any room, but many paints contain high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC), which can cause respiratory problems and also contribute to ozone pollution.
Low or non-VOC paints are more environmentally friendly than oil-based paints and will provide a better air quality in your home.
Water saving appliances
Water saving appliances and low-flow fixtures like faucets, shower heads and dishwashers can help lower your water consumption without sacrificing comfort. It also offers big savings when it comes to cutting down your water bill, which will benefit you day-to-day and attract sellers looking to buy.
Electric water heater
A tankless water heater is a great way to save water, money and energy. They utilize gas or electricity and are more cost effective than water tanks as they only heat up water when you need it.
Smart home technology is revolutionizing the way we use our homes and optimizing our energy use. A programmable smart thermostat will help you save energy and lower your heating bills. It allows you to program your temperature preferences to the areas you need it most and allows you to set times to turn on and off when you leave the house.
Energy Star appliances
Replacing dated appliances with new, efficient models with Energy Star certification will also provide energy savings, in addition to adding value when you sell your home. Energy Star is an initiative that identifies energy-saving appliances and products such as ceiling fans, washers, dryers, refrigerators and dishwashers. These appliances are generally the best when it comes to energy efficiency, design and functionality.
This is a much larger undertaking than what has already been mentioned, however, if you want to take your energy efficiency to the next level then switching to better home insulation will really improve the efficiency of your home.
You can also choose a material that is more environmentally friendly such as wool, cotton, or other recycled materials.