6 eco-friendly home features worth considering
Energy-saving, eco-friendly home features don’t just help the environment – they’re good for your finances as well. Here are six popular features that can help lower your bills, reduce waste and increase your home’s value.
1. Smart thermostats
A smart thermostat can help optimize the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling by learning your household patterns and intelligently managing your HVAC systems. As a result, many smart thermostat brands advertise predicted savings of 10% or more on your energy bills.
2. Energy Star appliances
From air conditioners to clothes dryers, appliances are often a home’s biggest draw on utilities. When shopping for new models, consider comparing Energy Star ratings to help select an option that runs more efficiently.
3. LED lighting
Long gone are the days when energy-efficient lighting meant settling for pale, flickering fluorescent light. Today, quality LED bulbs can produce light that is all but indistinguishable from traditional incandescent bulbs while using a fraction of the energy, producing less heat and lasting for years or even decades.
4. High-efficiency windows
Windows bring in sunlight and views, but they can also significantly undermine a home’s heating and cooling. Energy-efficient windows improve on this flaw by letting less heat out during the cold seasons and less heat in during the hot seasons.
5. Low-flow plumbing fixtures
Strong water pressure is a creature comfort many people insist on. But if you can find a low-flow showerhead, faucet and/or toilet that suits your needs, you can help reduce your water usage and bill.
6. Solar panels
Free energy from the sun is the tantalizing promise offered by solar panels. Although a pricey investment, they can help reduce your energy bill and even charge a home battery system for use when the sun isn’t shining.
Not all of these features are practical for every home, budget or situation. But if you’re considering a renovation, replacing an old appliance or shopping for a home, these options and their benefits are worth keeping in mind. You may even qualify for rebates or tax breaks on your green upgrades. If you need funds for a home improvement project, get in touch to learn about your financing options.