eco-friendly-upgrades

Upgrades That Make The Home More Environmentally Friendly

Many homeowners are concerned about how to incorporate upgrades that make their homes more environmentally friendly. Naturally, we all want to be good stewards of the Earth’s limited resources. We want to help keep the air clean and resources plentiful.

If you are like most homeowners, you have an endless list of DIY projects. Why not include features that are also kind to Mother Earth.

bamboo-flooringUPGRADE 1: Bamboo Flooring

Hardwood flooring has been a hot trend for the past 10 years. Happily, this trend will not end anytime soon! Wood floors remain wildly popular!

This is because they are gorgeous to look at, highly durable, and easy to clean.

However, wood is a commodity because it is limited. Most hardwoods used in home flooring have a fairly long growth cycle from 15 to 30 years.

Instead, consider bamboo flooring. It has a very quick growth cycle because it is technically a grass. In fact, in Southeast Asia it is an invasive species because it grows to full height in only about 90 days.

This makes bamboo an easily replenished resource.

Bamboo flooring is beautiful and available in a wide range of colors. It’s easy to install. As an added bonus, it costs about half the price of hardwoods.

 

UPGRADE 2: Recycled Roof Shinglesrecycled-roof-shingles

A roof replacement is one of the more expensive upgrades you can do on your home. When you are investing in this project, it is definitely for a long term commitment!

Think about the possibility of replacing your roof with recycled shingles. These shingles are made for recycled materials like rubber or plastic. Demand for recycled shingles is gaining popularity as homeowner learn about this option.

You are doing your part for the Earth by keeping those materials from going to the trash.

These shingles are pretty. In fact, a visitor to your home would never know that your shingles were made from recycled materials. Plus, they come with a warranty to give you peace of mind.

insulate-your-atticUPGRADE 3: Insulate Your Attic

If you are in an older home, check your attic to ensure it’s properly insulated.

Warm air rises, making the attic a main culprit for heat loss. Naturally, this translates energy loss. In the long term, heat loss through the attic can cause damage to your roof and gutters.

You can do a quick visual inspection of your attic by surveying the insulation in the attic’s floor joists. The insulation should rise just above the floor joists. If you can see dips in the insulation between the joists, you may need new insulation.

Although this can be a costly undertaking, it will save energy. Consequently, you will save money on your heating and cooling bills.

rheem rtg-64xln 6.4 gpm outdoor tankless water heater

UPGRADE 4: Tankless Water Heater

A water heater is not an upgrade which is often done until it becomes a necessity. It is often overlooked.

Traditional tank water heaters run almost constantly. It keeps the hot water stored in the tank at the desired temperature and uses a lot of energy. Also, they have a use expectancy of only 10-15 years, then go to the landfill.

A tankless water heater heats water only when you need it. On average the life of a tankless water heater is 20 years…double that of the tank water heater.

This is much better for the environment for a couple of reasons. One, it saves on energy consumption. Two, it takes twice as long before it needs disposed of (and takes up much less landfill space)!

Naturally, you save money on your energy bills.

low-flow-toiletUPGRADE 5: Install A Low-Flow Toilet

Perhaps nature’s most valuable resource is water. And if you have an old toilet, you may be flushing 5 to 7 gallons of water every time you push down the handle.

Low-flow toilets get a bad rap. They were once ineffective and perhaps earned the unfavorable reviews. However, there have been strides made in the trap design that make today’s low flow toilets flush efficiently.

Low-flow toilets only flush away about 1.6 gallons per use. You save 3 or 4 gallons of water with every flush!

Please consider investing in one of these Earth Friendly upgrades for your next DIY project. You will be investing in sustaining our natural resources.

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