Green building practices and green renovation are a hot topic in the construction industry. They provide the homeowner with temporary tax benefits and lower utility bills and are also less harmful for the environment. It’s an all around great idea to convert your house to more green standards, or look for green standard when purchasing a new home. At GreenBuiltBlog.com we love to keep you up-to-date with the latest trends and new in the green building industry, so it’s about time that we give you a few pointers on ways to make your home greener. Here are 10 simple suggestions to get your home started with a green makeover:
Energy Star® estimates that homeowners can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% on their total annual energy bill) by sealing and insulating their homes. A new home should be sealed and insulated well, but to be really green, specify an earth-friendly insulation like blue-jean insulation or cellulose insulation – there really is a wide variety of green insulation out there.
#2 Look for Energy Star Appliances
Buy only Energy Star appliances. They save you money and use less energy. Experts say that the average household does almost 400 loads of laundry each year, consuming about 13,500 gallons of water. Qualified washing machines can save 7,000 gallons of water annually, cutting utility bills by an average of $50 per year. Continue reading