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Jun122015

07:52:33 pm

Improving Your Home In An Eco-friendly Manner

Green home improvement simply means making changes to your home that are energy efficient and environmentally responsible. This will actually help you keep your energy costs down, although sometimes you have to invest some money into these projects at first. Below are some simple ways to make your home more eco-friendly while you're making improvements.



Whilst considering what improvements you might make to your home, please take a few minutes to consider some important safety factors. Make sure that your home has a sensible number of WORKING and REGULARLY TESTED smoke alarms fitted. If you are doing construction work within your home then why not take the opportunity to fit properly constructed fire doors on landings, kitchens etc. Modern fire doors have many great designs including glazed and semi-glazed models but much more importantly they all give at least 30 minutes protection from fire and smoke, giving anybody inside the house sufficient time to escape to safety.



Usually the large appliances in your home use up the most power, so replacing them is essential if you want to make some big changes. Your washing machine, refrigerator and dryer are usually what uses the most power. The newest models use energy efficiently which is why you should consider replacing any older models you have. If you do want to buy a new refrigerator make sure it's just standard, otherwise you'll end up using more power because of all the additional features it has. If you plan on buying a new washing machine and dryer you should consider going for a combo unit because it'll not only use up less energy but it'll use up less space too. This will look better as well as reduce your energy costs.



If replacing your floors is up for consideration, think about going eco-friendly in your flooring choice like cork or bamboo. While bamboo is akin to multiple types of wood flooring, it is regarded as friendly to the environment due to the fact it is not in jeopardy as many of the other woods are. Cork floors are also a good choice, as this can be quite attractive and also provides good insulation. The benefit to the environment is that cork only makes use of the bark on the tree, so it doesn't need to be taken down. Options for other eco-friendly choices are ceramic or stone tiling. If you use carpets, these can also be eco-friendly, which can also mean that they're healthier as well. When natural fibers are used in carpets; you have less of a chance to have problems with your allergies.



Your energy bill will be less if you heat it up your home in an efficient manner. If you have a fireplace, it may look like a nice, old fashioned way to keep your room warm and toasty, but it's actually one of the least efficient ways to heat your home. But, there are things called fireplace inserts that can switch things around so they are in your favor, so if you do own a fireplace have a look. Additionally you can try to heat up with a pellet stove. A pellet stove burns corn pellets. You can save money with this alternative because the price of oil just keeps on going up. Your home's insulation is the big decider when it boils down to how energy efficient your home is.



There are a vast number of methods for making your home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. When you get into this mindset you will discover that thinking up of creative ways of being green is very easy. Fortunately, many of the practices that are good for the planet can also help you live more economically and comfortably.

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