It is good that people are becoming more aware of the demands of everyday living that is charged on our planet’s fossil fuel supply. Unfortunately, as much as they would want to, embracing an eco-friendly home to help the environment cope and furnish the limited energy supply available costs quite a bundle. It is an investment that some homeowners would rather skip than forego their other expenses.
The end may be attractive. That is, saving on energy costs in the long run while helping out the environment. But the means are quite a challenge to adhere to. Home improvement projects that make your abode into an eco-friendly one may require a good amount of time, expertise, and yes, money.
But then again, you can start on small, inexpensive projects. You can take baby steps in order to cut your heating and cooling costs and other energy demands considerably. We have scouted for five home improvement projects that fit into almost any budget.
1. Perform a home energy audit. It all starts in knowing what your home is lacking to become more energy-efficient. Perform a thorough inspection, looking out for air leaks, sites lacking insulation, electrical system efficiency, and the use of your appliances. You can do this on your own or you can ask a professional inspector to make a high tech assessment of the energy weak points in your household. This is the ideal first step towards turning it all around.
2. Fill the gaps. Air leaks increase your heating and cooling requirements. If you ensure that your windows and doors are of the perfect fit, you can easily control the energy requirement on a daily basis. Even the air leaks around your electrical outlets and switches must be properly sealed. Caulking and other simple techniques can properly control the airflow in your home. If you have the money, you may upgrade your windows and doors into well-fitting units to ensure that gaps will not be a problem.
3. Reflective insulation. This is one low cost home upgrade you could not miss. Remember that the effect of the sun on your home’s temperature does not stop at the openings like the windows and gaps. It is also about how well your home heats up as the temperature in the outside climbs high. This can be resolved through reflective insulation, which was brilliantly designed to control the amount of radiation that passes through your walls and roofs. You may combine reflective insulation with other techniques, including thermal insulation and the use of blown fill and rigid sheets.
4. Plant trees strategically. You might be surprised but choosing native plants and placing trees strategically in your lawn can help you save a lot of money on your energy bills. Change the landscape of your garden so you will not require much for a lawn care budget and the use of lawn mowers, which requires a chunky amount of fossil fuels.
5. Improve your home’s water heating capacity. There are a couple of options to do this. You may opt for tankless water heaters or you can simply ensure that your water heater is appropriate for your water heating demands.