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Eco Homes: Must-Haves for Your New Green Home

by DrPrem Jagyasi

If you are currently in the market for an eco-friendly house or if you’re hoping to make some improvements in your own home, you are not alone. Many individuals are considering the cost-effective benefits as well as the environmental benefits of making your home green. There are several different ways that you can accomplish this within your home. More people than ever are conscious of their carbon footprint and are looking for ways to make their home greener and more comfortable to live in.

Whether you’re moving into a home where you hope to make some upgrades so that it’s greener and easier for you to manage, or you’re building a new home entirely, being smart about the environmental choices you make has the potential to pay off in spades down the line. You should be familiar with all the different ways you can conduct an audit around your home and accordingly make some upgrades to benefit your family, reduce your utility bill and lessen your carbon footprint, too.

Windows

Consider adding double pane, window treatments, or aluminum frames to a window to make it more eco-friendly, aside from having the windows tinted.

Insulation

If you’ve taken a look around your basement or attic, and notice some tearing down of the insulation, it’s time to have new insulation installed. You can decrease your air-conditioning or heating bill significantly just by taking this one step.

Ductless Air-conditioning

Ductless air-conditioning is often easier to install and energy efficient as well. Ductless air-condiditioning does not require all of the traditional duct work that you typically find with a central air-conditioning unit. So you can save on those installation costs as well without having to go through the discomfort of somebody working in your home. “It’s a good way to avoid the enery usage that comes with central air conditioning” says Alex Pina, of ComfortUp.com.

Solar Panels

One of the best ways to increase the energy efficiency as well as the value of your home is to install solar panels. These can help to heat up your water and even your house, and are relatively maintenance free. This is one of the best things you can do to make your home eco-friendly.

Energy Star Appliances

When it comes to purchasing a new home, routine installation of appliances that are green, including the stove, the refrigerator and the dishwasher, are becoming more popular. You’ll notice these with an energy star label on them. It’s a great idea to have low flow shower heads across the bathroom to keep your water bill down while also contributing environmentally.

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