Guide to Green Home Improvement

More and more homeowners are making the move towards improving their homes’ environmental friendliness. Although some of this movement is thanks to increased eco-consciousness and stewardship, many homeowners have joined the movement because it helps them to save money on energy costs and avoid putting toxins into their home. Whatever your reasons are for going green, there are several easy ways to improve your home while also improving its environmental friendliness.

Plantation Shutters

Adding shutters inside your home is a timeless and beautiful way to reduce your energy consumption and carbon footprint. Plantation shutters are custom fitted to your windows, so they are able to insulate your home better than other window coverings. This added layer of insulation helps to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter without using any additional energy.

In addition to lowering your energy usage for climate control, plantation shutters are able to reduce your dependence on indoor lighting during the day. Simply open the shutters or their louvers to allow natural light to flood your home. By using natural lighting, you will be able to reduce the number of light bulbs you use, as well as reduce your energy consumption.

VOC Free Paint

Paint is one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve your home, but it can also come with a nasty host of chemicals. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are toxins that are emitted by traditional paints. These toxins release into the air and your cleaning solutions, polluting your home and the nearby environment. Instead of filling your home with toxins from traditional paint, ask your local home improvement store about VOC free paints. These paints contain none of the toxic VOCs associated with traditional paint, which means they’re better for you and for the environment.

Upgrade to LED

Although many homeowners have embraced longer-lasting CFL bulbs, these bulbs still present several problems for the environmentally conscious. They contain toxic mercury and require special disposal to avoid having that mercury pollute the environment. In contrast, LED bulbs are able to last twice or even three times as long, use less energy, and do not contain mercury. Upgrading your lighting to LED bulbs can be a large initial investment, but you will regain that investment over time through reduced energy costs and not having to replace bulbs as often.

These steps are some of the easiest ways to start to improve your home’s energy usage while also making it a more enjoyable place to live.