It seems like not one day goes by when we won’t see a story in the news about the many reasons why it’s important to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. It’s healthier. It’s cheaper. And perhaps most importantly, it’s a highly-effective way to preserve our environment for many years to come. So of course it would make perfect sense that many prospective homebuyers would look for homes that come with several “green features” in them.
Whether you’re preparing to put your house on the market or you’re simply looking for some ways to help keep your energy costs down, we have five green home features that really do pay off below:
Window tinting. If you happen to have double-pane windows, it’s not essential to have your windows professionally tinted (although you may like how much privacy tinting can provide you). But if you don’t and you’re looking for a way to shield your windows from the bitter cold, window tinting is a financially affordable solution because they do help to keep cool air from compromising the temperature inside of your house.
A low-flow showerhead and toilet. Electricity is not the only energy bill that we get each month. If you’re looking for ways to save on your water expenses too, consider installing a low-flow showerhead and toilet. For under $300 total, you should be able to find both and with the help of them, you can easily save hundreds of gallons of water each year.
A tankless water heater. Speaking of decreasing your water bill, something else that you might want to look into is purchasing a tankless water heater. The reason why this can prove to be such a wise investment is because they are created specifically to run only when you need hot water. This can result in you saving 30-40 percent in energy costs each year.
A (couple of) ceiling fans. It’s probably of no surprise to you that ceiling fans are a wonderful home addition in the summer months when it comes to keeping the rooms in your house cooler. But did you know that they are also really helpful during the wintertime too? If you’re in the market for a new HVAC unit, once you have checked out the EPA recommendations for HVAC units and also looked at the ones that have the Energy Star label on them (which can also save you a significant amount of money), then it’s time to shop for a couple of (more) ceiling fans. By setting them to rotate counterclockwise, you can pull the heat that has risen to the ceiling down closer to where you are.
Adding some more insulation. Although most of us know what we need insulation in order to keep our houses warm, unless we are conducting a home energy audit (which is actually a wise thing to do twice a year), oftentimes we don’t think to inspect our insulation. When it comes to what’s in your attic, according to home construction experts, in order to save 20-30 percent on energy costs, it’s best to have no less than 12″ of insulation up there. Preferably, it should be an eco-friendly material like cotton or aerogel. For information on how to put insulation down yourself, visit Weather and put “installing your own insulation” in the search field.