Thanks to the programming variety on HGTV, home renovations are being taken on by just about anybody. However, they’re much tougher than they seem, especially if you want to go green. You should almost always leave these projects to a professional. The good news is that there are easy ways to lower your energy bill if you already have a home reno project in the works. Greening up your home won’t just save you money on energy bills. It will also increase the value of your home, possibly boosting your asking price or putting you in a better negotiation position should you decide to sell or rent later on.
Green is big business, and should be at least a consideration for anyone with a renovation project on their mind. No matter where you live or what your budget looks like, there’s a smorgasbord of tips to lower your energy bill. Consider these renovation approaches if you want a decent side of good karma with your home upgrade:
1. Swap out your appliances for green-friendly options.
One of the biggest home value boosters is the kitchen. Having a gourmet kitchen has gone from a rarity to the norm. However, in addition to having stove-top cookers, double ovens, and the latest state of the art technology for whipping up everything from macaroons to a roast, you should also think about appliances that save money in the kitchen.
Lower water-usage dishwashers are a great way to decrease energy bills while making your kitchen look like something out of a model home. You might also want to check out switching from electric to gas, as this taps into a better source of energy while also taking advantage of what many consider a cleaner, more even cooking option. Keep in mind that it will take a little time to adjust from electric to gas (or vice versa). However, if anyone in the home is a serious cook, or if you’re planning to sell, going with gas isn’t just friendlier to the environment but also guarantees much better dishes.