Consumer data indicates that 48 percent of U.S. citizens list energy-efficiency as the most desirable characteristic in a home.
The reason: They are eco-friendly, lead to energy savings, and even increase the value of your property.
If your next home improvement project is to make your space more sustainable, we’ve highlighted four ways that can help you reach your green goals.
1. Track your water consumption
Designing a green home isn’t limited to lowering your electricity bills. It requires a holistic approach involving all utilities—water being one of them.
Check your pipes and faucets to ensure there aren’t any leaks. You can also opt to install water-saving gadgets around the house, such as automatic shut-off nozzles, low-flow faucet aerators, and dual-flush toilet converters. Routinely monitor your water bills to track anomalies.
2. Get energy-efficient lighting
LED or CFL lightbulbs are widely known to be energy-efficient lighting options. They consume 25–80 percent less energy as compared to a traditional incandescent bulb; they also last 3-25 times longer.
You can also choose to add photosensors that automatically dim lights when it’s bright outside.
3. Install solar panels
Solar panels help homeowners cut energy costs and are extremely environmentally-friendly. Areas with constant sun exposure can benefit from solar panels as they provide significant savings. Although the amount largely depends on how many panels you have, data indicates that over a 10-year period, they can save you anywhere from $5,000–$15000.
Plus, as solar paneling becomes more common, you can expect to find better features in the market. That way, you can choose panels that fit your space and budget comfortably.
4. Insulate your home
Research indicates that nearly 33 percent of all heat is lost through the walls, 25 percent is lost through the roof, and 10 percent is wasted through the floor of your home.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating systems are the largest contributor to your energy bill. Get your home insulated to decrease the load and lower your energy bill significantly.
If you’re looking to make a move toward a greener home, KH Property Consultants offers reliable property construction and remodeling services.
KH Consultants is a woman-led consultancy firm that excels in construction and property management. The New York-based business has a team of experienced and highly-qualified professionals who’ve helped clients remodel, renovate, and reconstruct elements of their homes.
To find out more, call at (347) 987-406 or visit our website.