As our climate changes and global warming becomes more of an issue, people are becoming more environmentally conscious and a great way for homeowners to make an impact on both the environment and their home value is through eco-friendly updates.
When tackling small updates and large remodels, prioritizing these eco-friendly updates will lead to bigger long-term savings and ROI.
Install Energy-Efficient Windows
Update Your Thermostat
Achieve the temperatures you want and keep your family comfortable by switching out your outdated thermostat with a programmable, smart thermostat! With new technology allowing you to program your HVAC system to run at specific temperatures at certain times. The best part? You can control them from your phone! No more coming home to a hot, humid house after a long day at work or cold house after vacationing.
Replace Your Water Heater
Replacing your old water heater with a new, energy-efficient model won’t just save you energy (and money!), they’ll also save you a lot of frustration. Newer model water heaters don’t run as often and they heat water faster, helping avoid post-shower “you wasted all of the hot water!” fights.
Switch Out Your Lightbulbs
Swapping out old incandescent lightbulbs for CFL and LED lightbulbs will help reduce electricity used and lead to a longer bulb life.
Compared to incandescent bulbs, CFL and LED lightbulbs use an average of 90% less energy. If an incandescent bulb is 60 watts, switching to a CFL or LED will take you down to around 13 watts, depending on the bulb itself.
Not only will these updates improve your home’s value and save energy, but they will also make your home more appealing to home buyers.