Eco-friendly Trends in the Home Improvement Industry

If you are considering remodeling your home, whether you are putting your house on the market or transforming it into a comfier home, then you should consider these recent environmentally friendly trends.

Home improvements increase the value of your home and if done right, can even save you money. Given the recent push for “going green,” homeowners have been investing in eco-friendly home improvements because they can reduce the cost of utilities and attract buyers. Although remodeling is not cheap, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides tax incentives for those interested in environmentally friendly products. That means that you can receive tax credit for up to 30 percent for your energy-saving home improvements. And if you are selling your house, the changes significantly increase home value and attract eager buyers. Reconstructing homes also gives you the opportunity to expand your home in a more efficient and convenient way. Here are some of the most popular eco-friendly home improvement trends.

Composite Decking

One of the most popular environmentally friendly changes people have been making is switching to composite decking. Instead of traditional wood, which can rot, and splinter, composite decking is made of wood waste and recycled plastic. Not only does this look good, but also it has all of the benefits wood lacks.

Update Your Heating System

Before winter is in full swing, update or replace your heating system. Chances are there is a more efficient heating system out there that can save you big bucks and do wonders for the planet.

Bamboo Plywood

A mixture of bamboo and plywood, this new combination is great for kitchens and bathrooms. Bamboo tolerates moisture extremely well, therefore is suitable for such rooms.

Rubber Mulch

Rubber mulch is a great way of being eco-friendly. Given that it is 100% made out of recycled tires, it requires no maintenance and prevents weeds from growing and spreading. You’re saving money by not needing to take care of the yard and while also providing a safe place for your kids!

Roof Insulation      

When it comes to saving money on heating and cooling, roof insulation is your best strategy. A relatively easy task, roof insulation can save you about $600 a year. Insulation is measured in the R-value and the higher the value, the warmer your house in the winter and the cooler it is in the summer. Not only are you doing wonders for the planet by not using as much electricity, you are saving major bucks along the way.

Solar Electricity

You can’t talk about going green without talking about solar electricity. Also known as photovoltaic (PV) systems, a solar cell is an electrical mechanism that converts light energy into electricity. Usually in the form of panels that can be installed on the roof, the PV systems can significantly reduce the home’s electric bill.  Get in contact with an electrician who can evaluate whether or not your home is suitable enough to be solar powered. Because of the many benefits solar energy brings, federal, state and local governments are providing financial incentives to encourage people to invest in solar energy.

Taking the time to make small eco-friendly home improvements can change your life dramatically, and in a good way. Not only will you be able to save money by not having to use as much electricity, but also by spending less on maintenance costs and being eligible for more tax breaks.

If your house is on the market, then don’t ignore these benefits. The more your potential buyers will see the advantages of an eco-friendly house, the faster you can get the house out of your hands.

Don’t’ forget the social benefit of having an environmentally friendly house. Not only are you enhancing the comfort and health of those around you, you are improving the overall quality of life.

Ryan G. is the owner of Cameo Construction, a construction company located in Columbia, Mo.

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