If you are considering undertaking a home renovation project, now might be the perfect opportunity to make your home greener. There are many modern upgrades and technologies that can make your home more energy efficient. Here are some suggestions of what you could do during your renovation.
Refresh your Insulation
If you are taking on a massive renovation, you may already have your walls open. This may be the perfect time to give your insulation a check and make sure it is adequate. Insulation helps to keep heat in during the cold months, and out during warmer months. You should also check to make sure the insulation in your attic is adequate.
Upgrade your Windows
Now might also be the perfect time to replace those old windows with new ones. Windows are the places where most of your heat is lost, and older, single pane windows do a poor job of retaining heat. This means your furnace or baseboards must work harder and longer. There are double or even triple pane options that are much more efficient. You may also want to add new window coverings as part of your renovation, especially ones that can reflect the sun and keep the room cooler in those hot summer days.
Invest in Smart Home Technologies
There are many new smart home devices which can help to save energy and make homes more green. These can be added near the end of your renovation and options include smart thermostats, smart light switches, and even automated window shades.
Energy Efficient Appliances and Heating
A renovation is also the best time to upgrade your old appliances and get newer, energy efficient ones. Not only will new appliances look great, but they will also reduce your home’s environmental footprint and save you money in energy costs. You may also consider upgrading your furnace to a high efficiency model and hot water tank to a tankless option to further make your home greener.
During a renovation is the perfect time to consider the ways that you could make your home more environmentally friendly – not only reducing energy, but saving you money.