Sound Advice – Home Improvement Choices; Conserve Energy & Protect the Environment
Home Improvement Choices to Conserve Energy and Protect the Environment
Spring is the season to start on home improvement projects. From roofing to flooring, “eco-friendly” materials and devices can help you save money when you’re maintaining, repairing or improving your home. Even better, they help save the environment. Whether you are hiring a contractor or doing the work yourself, consider these simple ways to conserve energy and other natural resources.
- Use impact-resistant roof shingles made from asphalt, metal or simulated tile. They deflect hail, wind and fire better than asphalt and keep roofing material out of landfills.
- Replace appliances more than ten years old with energy-efficient models, which could save you hundreds of dollars a year according to the EPA.
- Install low-flow showerheads and toilets to conserve water.
- Exchange your most-used lighting fixtures for Energy Star models to help reduce greenhouse gasses.
- Switch over to compact fluorescent light (CFL) or LED bulbs, which can save more than $30 in electricity costs compared to an ordinary incandescent bulb.
- Substitute recycled plastic lumber for concrete, wood and metal in decks, fences, swing sets and landscaping.
- Choose renewable flooring materials when you build or redecorate, such as bamboo, cork, reclaimed glass and salvaged wood.
- Lay carpeting made from natural, organic or fair-trade fibers that are friendly to the environment and hypoallergenic.
Please remember, if you do major home improvements such as a new kitchen or sun room, you may substantially increase the value of your home. Your existing insurance policy may no longer provide adequate replacement costs for your upgrade investment. Contact our agency to discuss your current situation and perhaps schedule a comprehensive review of your home insurance protection.