Going green is the way to go, and the best place to start is your home. Creating a greener home might seem like a near-impossible feat, but it’s actually quite easy to do if you know which parts of your home you need to “greenify” first. Handyman Connection of Boise lists four ways to create a green home.
- Replace Your Old Windows
Your windows play a big role in insulating and ventilating your home. An old and worn-out window has probably lost its airtight seal, and this means it’s letting in drafts and heat in your home. When you’re looking for new replacement windows, pick one that has an ENERGY STAR® sticker. This is a guarantee that it’s engineered to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
- Let the Lawn Grass Grow
It’s tempting to mow the lawn when the grass starts growing, but did you know that letting your grass grow out actually helps improve your home’s energy efficiency? Grass absorbs sunlight after all, and if you let it grow, it’s going to draw in heat and light away from your home – essentially cooling your house.
- Paint Your Exterior Walls Lighter Colors
Lighter exterior paint colors reflect heat whereas darker paint absorbs it. So if you want to “naturally” cool your house down, choose a lighter color when repainting. You don’t necessarily have to choose light colors like yellow or white; just pick lighter shades and tones.
- Check the ENERGY STAR Rating of Your Appliances
A high ENERGY STAR rating means your appliances, whether they are washing machines or light bulbs, are manufactured to be environmentally friendly and responsible. These are guaranteed to consume 35% less energy than their standard variants.
Keep these home improvement tips in mind and you’ll have a greener home in no time. Give us a call at (208) 901-3999 to get a free estimate on our home improvement services.