The idea of a green home is enticing for owners and renters alike. We've all heard about home upgrades that improve the environment while saving money. You may have often wondered what's being most used. Here are a few enhancements that are making a difference for homeowners and renters.
Solar Energy Systems
When we think of solar energy systems, solar panels are the first to come to mind. These not only save you money, but you also can start generating revenue off of your rooftop. You also can raise your home value, as homes with solar panels typically sell for higher amounts.
The first step to getting started is determining if this is a viable solution for your property. This includes finding out your annual energy consumption. The solar system costs and any rebates or incentives are also important factors. Once you determine that you’re a viable candidate, look for local roofers who specialize in solar panels.
Tankless & Hybrid Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters heat water on-demand rather than one full tank at a time. By heating water in this manner, you aren’t heating extra water that you don’t need heated. It’s also more comfortable for the homeowner, as it provides an endless supply of hot water. Meanwhile, hybrid water heaters move heat throughout the home rather than generating it. The average household spends $400 to $600 a year in water heating costs. Considering a water heater upgrade could definitely be worth it!
Geothermal HVAC systems also move around existing heat rather than creating it. An indoor unit is buried deep within the ground, where temperatures remain steady. A loop is also buried with the indoor system, which carries the heat away or towards the home.
By cooling your home without ducts, you are reducing the amount of air loss in your home. A cooling system is placed in one part of the home, and only that part of the home is cooled. Ductless systems allow you to cool your home in zones without the need of an entire duct system.
Buying ENERGY STAR® windows is another way to save energy on your home. You can also look for glass that is insulated. In this case, two or more glass panes are typically separated by insulation at the edges. An inert gas, commonly argon, is inserted between the panes to provide more insulation. Meanwhile, installing exterior low-e storm windows can cut energy costs by 12% to 33% a year.
These are just a few ways homeowners are taking advantage of green home enhancements. The lower utility bills, meanwhile, are more desirable for renters. Which solutions do you see yourself considering on your properties?
Content provided in association with California Roofs and Solar, a roofing contractor company serving Sacramento and Fresno.
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