Green Home Improvements"Going Green" is not just a slogan anymore but a movement to help protect and restore the Earth. Even little things that you can do in your home or everyday life can help reduce the amount of waste and carbon emissions that are put into the Earth and atmosphere. Simple projects can be done quickly and provide both financial and health benefits to your family.
Chances are you've heard quite a bit about methods for making your home green. Maybe you just don't have time to replace all your incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescents. Or perhaps you're not sold that buying new light bulbs will save you money.
How does saving 50% off your annual lighting bill sound?
Energy Star reports replacing just on incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent saves $30 for the entire lifespan of that new bulb. Just five bulbs could save you 50% off your annual lighting bill. Not bad for a bulb that costs $2 to $5.
There are many minor home repairs and energy efficient improvements like this one. All these little jobs add up to huge savings and added value to your home. We know the importance of these home improvements, yet we also understand it's just as important that you have time for your favorite activities and loved ones.
At Mr. Fix-It , we understand time is precious. Your ever-growing "To Do" list already feels unmanageable. Let Mr. Fix-It help. Our professional handyman services work with you to prioritize home repairs that save you money while protecting the environment for your children.
From more major home improvements, such as installing low flow toilets that save 3.5 gallons of water per flush, to smaller fixes, such as repairing leaks in plumbing responsible for wasting 212 gallons of water monthly, Mr. Fix-It guarantees all jobs are finished correctly and on time.
Other "Going Green" improvements:
1. Paint with low VOC
The most common home improvement task that homeowners take on when getting their houses ready for the market is to apply a fresh coat of paint. While that tell-tale paint scent will reassure buyers that the walls are recently painted, it's not good for your lungs or the environment. Use low VOC paint and let the beauty of the color speak for itself.
2. Switch to energy efficient lighting
Incandescents emit a warm and cozy light, but they waste a lot of electricity in the process. As your bulbs burn out, replace them with either CFL or LED bulbs which last many more times longer and will save you $40 or more dollars over their lifetime - surely worth the extra upfront cost.
3. Upgrade your thermostat to programmable
If you have trouble remembering to set the thermostat before you leave or simply hate the feeling of coming home to a too cold/hot house, then a programmable thermostat might be the solution to your problems. Set a schedule that varies by the day and your activities, and you'll see a significant reduction in your energy bill.
4. Install low flow showerheads
Everyone appreciates a nice, hot shower with good water pressure. However, older shower heads can waste a lot more water than you really need. A low flow showerhead regulates the flow without compromising the quality of your shower
5. Install Low Flow Toilets
Installing low flow toilets that save 3.5 gallons of water per flush, to smaller fixes, such as repairing leaks in plumbing responsible for wasting 212 gallons of water monthly,
6.Green Home Improvements: Energy Star Ceiling Fans
ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program that identifies energy efficient products. Its ceiling fans are 50% more efficient than conventional fans and use less energy to operate. Many are equipped with a remote control. The receiver part of the remote is nestled inside the fan body itself, while the control mounts either on the wall or into the wall as a switch.
Lots of people think bamboo floors are made from wood, but bamboo is a grass. It grows quickly, within 3 to 5 years, so it's a renewable resource. Some bamboo is grown and harvested from Hawaii or China. You can install bamboo with the knots vertically or horizontally. Bamboo is resilient and comes in a variety of colors and shades.
8. Dual Pane Windows
Dual pane windows offer insulation against the elements and soundproofing qualities. After I installed dual pane windows, I no longer woke up when the sprinklers came on in the morning. Many energy-efficient windows qualify for rebates and credits. They are available in any style and can be made from vinyl, metal or wood.