Last year, Texas experienced several extreme meteorological and environmental events. There was flooding, widespread drought, algae blooms in Texas waterways and the notable Tropical Storm Imelda that, according to a report, left parts of Texas and Louisiana in a state of calamity with four casualties. All these phenomena are linked to the climate change crisis, which is now an issue we can no longer turn away from. And while it seems like this whole issue is ginormous compared to us, there is definitely something we can do.
As stated in a recent study, households are responsible for 72% of global greenhouse emissions. As homeowners, we can greatly contribute to fighting climate change by making our homes more sustainable and energy-efficient. By renovating your home to become more energy-efficient, you are not only doing the planet a favor, but also giving your wallet a much-needed break. For instance, an article about using energy-efficient appliances, discussed how an average household can save over $500 per year.
More and more homeowners are growing more aware of the environmental issues that our planet faces, and they all want to be of help by reducing their household’s carbon footprint and energy consumption. The problem is that they usually don’t have any idea where to start. This is especially problematic since home renovations can be notoriously expensive, and many homeowners may not be in a financial situation to be able to afford them. An article on home renovation costs showed that the average cost for a bathroom remodel was $18,546; window replacements cost upwards of $18,000 depending on the material; and a major kitchen renovation could cost over $62,000. Considering that many changes made in an effort to be energy efficient will require overhauls of existing structures and appliances, the project can seem costly upfront. However, these changes will save you money in the long run. Here are some tips on how to renovate your home for better energy-efficiency:
Paint your roof
When it comes to renovating your home to become more energy-efficient, one of the major considerations should be improving your home’s heating system. As highlighted in one of our previous articles, homeowners spend more than $2,000 just heating and cooling their homes every single year. Fortunately, you can easily cut down on your heating costs through simple and affordable renovations. For instance, painting your roof white can help cool your home by reducing air conditioning bills by 40%.
Replace your water heater
Water is fast becoming a resource that we are running out of, and when you waste water, you are also wasting both energy and money. Homeowners should pay close attention to how quickly their water heats. If it takes a few moments for the water from your faucet to become hot, then it’s time to consider installing a more efficient water heater. You can also take a look at your pipes and see whether they need some insulation.
Enlarge your windows
In renovating your home, altering your windows to be bigger can have a big impact on making your home more energy-efficient. Homes and commercial buildings use around 216 billion KiloWatt hours (kWh) of electricity for lighting. Enlarged windows let in daylight and reduce the need to switch on lights. Furthermore, windows also play a big part in making homes more comfortable without traditional heating or air conditioning.
The effects of climate change are already here, but there are still a lot of things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint. Turning your house into an energy-efficient home through renovations is one. Home renovations can truly be expensive upfront, but the long term saving and benefits that they will bring can easily outweigh the costs.