Home Maintenance and Remodeling July 9, 2022

Earth-Friendly Renovations That Save Money

Growing numbers of homeowners are paying more attention to the ecological effects of renovations. Some eco-friendly projects can even reduce utility bills. Here are a few home improvements that can lower your carbon footprint and monthly bills at the same time.

Solar Panels
Although roof-mounted solar panels can be costly upfront, they often pay for themselves over time through tax credits, rebates and lower electric bills.

Insulated Windows
Dual-pane windows reduce energy costs by retaining warmth in the winter and keeping your home cooler in the summer.

Programmable Thermostat
Programming your thermostat is an easy way to slash your annual energy usage. In cooler months, you can lower the thermostat by a few degrees at night. As outdoor temperatures warm up, you can program the thermostat to reduce your air conditioning usage during the hours when nobody’s home.

Responsibly Sourced Flooring
Flooring that’s environmentally friendly often costs less than hardwood, which may not always be responsibly sourced. Sustainable choices include reclaimed wood, recycled tile, bamboo, linoleum, cork, and stained concrete.

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