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Eco-Friendly and Money Saving Home Improvements

by Jason Kidd (writer), , January 13, 2014

Some great ways to improve your home while being eco-friendly.

"Homeowners today are always looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of a house," said home foundation repair specialist Brent Goodman. The reality is that many of the home improvements that are environmentally friendly will also lower bills every month. This is because green technologies help to conserve resources. Several home improvements will help the environment while also saving money.

Replace Aging or Damaged Windows

Aging windows and single-pane windows allow a large amount of energy to escape from the home during every season. Replacing aging windows with new multi-paned windows filled with a gas like argon are ecologically friendly and will save money. New windows will stop energy loss so less power is needed to heat and cool the house. This reduces the amount of electricity used in the home so the carbon footprint shrinks.

Install a Tankless Water Heater

Water heaters are very inefficient appliances in small and medium homes. They consume a large amount of energy keeping water at a consistent temperature for hours or days until it is needed. A tankless water heater provides hot water only when it is needed. The system will heat water from the main supply just before it reaches a faucet. Tankless systems can save money and reduce energy use in a house. They are not a good option for large households that do need high volumes of hot water during the day.

Add Radiant Barriers

Radiant barriers are sprays, foil panels or even films that are placed in attics and inside of some exterior walls. They are a type of insulation that will actually reflect heat so the air and surfaces do not become hot in an attic or other part of the home. Radiant barriers increase the effectiveness of other insulation, reduce energy use and protect appliances or ductwork in attics. Radiant barriers are often recyclable or biodegradable and will last for decades when properly installed.

Install Ceiling Fans

Heating and cooling systems use the most energy in an average home. Increased power use usually means more carbon is released from nearby generating plants to meet demand. Installing ceiling fans can reduce the need for heating and cooling. The fans move air throughout the home making vents and air conditioners more effective. They can make rooms feel warmer or cooler than the actual air temperature. Ceiling fans are also less expensive to run and maintain than an air conditioner or furnace.

Use a Wireless Home Automation System

Wireless home automation systems are widely available today. These systems allow homeowners to turn off lights and appliances from anywhere in the house. Some have occupancy sensors that will automatically turn off lights when no one is around. A wireless remote or app on a smart phone gives homeowners the power to adjust thermostats instantly from any location. This will save money on electric bills while also making the house greener.

Install Aerators and Low-Flow Fixtures

Every community must use water that has been processed and purified. Treating water has some negative environmental effects. Reducing water usage in the home will help the environment. It also lowers water bills. The easiest way to do this is to install low-flow flushing devices and low-flow fixtures that use less water. Existing fixtures can be modified with small aerators. The aerators maintain pressure but reduce the amount of water being used by introducing more air.

StableLift Foundation Repair is a local San Antonio company. They specialize in restoring slab foundations to their former glory and keeping homes stable for years to come. Check out their Google+ page and Facebook for more information.



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Jason Kidd is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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