Eco-Friendly Upgrades

 

Eco-friendly options are growing in popularity because they allow you to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your monthly energy bill. If you are thinking about making some eco-friendly upgrades, check out these four great options.

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Replacing your old, leaky windows is one of the best ways you can reduce your heating and cooling bills. One option is to install energy-efficient windows, which have many features to help stop the transfer of heat, so your home stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. LEED certified windows are another eco-friendly option. Not only do they help stop the transfer of heat, but they are built with recycled materials.

Get Some Shade

Adding some shade is another great way to keep your home cool in the summer, so you don’t have to crank the air conditioning. If you have the room, consider planting more trees in your yard to create natural beauty and shade. Another option is to place window awnings over your windows. They’ll block sunlight from the higher summer sun, but light from the lower winter sun will still be able to flood your home with light and warmth.

Switch to a Tankless Water Heater

If your water heater tank is getting old, and you’re thinking of replacing it, try switching to a tankless water heater. Traditional water heaters waste a lot of energy because they are constantly heating that tank of water. Tankless systems only heat hot water when you need it. On the downside, it may take time for the hot water to start flowing, but at least you’ll never run out of hot water.

Get Some LED Lights

One simple change you can make to reduce some of your energy bills is to switch to LED lights. They cost more to buy than traditional lightbulbs, but they last significantly longer, so you’ll buy them less often. Plus, LED lights use less energy to run. Of course, even if you switch to LED lights, make sure you turn off any light you aren’t using.

Making your home more eco-friendly is an excellent idea. Not only does it benefit the environment, but it also benefits your wallet. Even small changes can go a long way in reducing your energy consumption.

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