Homeowners who get the DIY bug want to make sure their remodeling projects improve the value of their property, and don’t cost them too much to implement. Did you know that you can also improve the value of your home by helping the environment? It really pays to be green, as energy efficient homes attract higher prices when it’s time to sell. The following green remodeling ideas can increase the value of your house, and they help you contribute to the health of the planet.
Green Remodeling Ideas
1. Get LEED certified
The US Green Building Council’s LEED Certification is one way to communicate to buyers that a home is sustainable and green. Some studies estimate that a green home can fetch up to 35 percent more on the real estate market. The green label means a lot to buyers, as it rates your home’s energy efficiency and sustainability across multiple measurements. It also suggests that they may not have to pay as much on energy bills. Once you’ve completed the following upgrades, call a real estate agent to find out how much your home is worth.
Do you find that you turn up the thermostat in winter and feel very little difference in the temperature? A lot of heat energy gets wasted by rising and escaping through to the attic. You can keep heat inside your living spaces for longer by insulating the space in your ceiling, or topping up the existing insulation. Find the blueprints of your home and see if there are any cavity walls with a hollow space in the middle – heat is also escaping from these holes. Hire a company to insulate the home exterior to plug those holes for good.
3. Solar panels
Even if you don’t live in an area with high levels of sun, you can still significantly cut your energy bills by installing solar panels. Not only will they save you money on heat and electricity, but they earn you a discount on your property tax. You can hire professionals to fit them for you, but you can also save a bit of extra money by doing them yourself.
4. Double glazing
Heat can also escape by leaking through the cracks under the windows. Double glazed windows are an excellent investment because they can update the look of the house in addition to increasing its energy efficiency. Your neighbors will also thank you as this can reduce the noise that escapes outside.
5. Replace old boilers
Older boilers use up a lot of energy but give off very little heat. Once winter comes around, your family and your bills will thank you for investing in a newer, more energy efficient, boiler. Most modern boilers allow you to set the temperature in each room separately, and shut off their radiator from the heating when the air around the valve reaches the desired temperature. Others have high-efficiency water tanks, plus a heat recovery system that uses drain waste water heat to save on energy.