4 Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Projects to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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Making a home more eco-friendly is becoming less of a trend and more of a necessity as times goes on. People want to do their part to help the environment as well as improve the value of their home and secure tax breaks with eco-friendly home improvements.

Of course, there are many things you can do to a home to improve its efficiency and eco-friendliness, but not all are affordable. If you’re looking for a home improvement project to both beautify and upgrade your home, here are a few great projects to consider.

Bamboo, Not Wood

If you are looking to add wood floors to your home, you might want to think again. Wood floors, while beautiful and value-increasing, are very costly and less than eco-friendly. With rampant deforestation destroying the planet’s ecosystems, your new floors may be contributing to a number of environmental issues.

However, this does not mean you can’t have your dream floors. Bamboo has the appearance of wood floors with its natural coloring and texture yet is far cheaper and much more eco-friendly than traditional hardwood. Some strains of bamboo can grow three feet every 24 hours, meaning the materials for your floor take little time to produce and can be sustainably harvested.

LED, Not Incandescent

If you’re looking for a quick weekend project to better your home, all you need to do is swap out your light bulbs. Traditional incandescent bulbs may seem cheaper on the shelf, but in reality, their lifespan and energy waste is costing you hundreds of dollars a year.

LED bulbs can last for many years and are far more energy-efficient despite appearing more expensive on the shelf. Not only are you improving your home’s energy consumption, but you are also decreasing your home’s waste with bulbs that won’t be thrown out for years to come.

Shade Trees, Not Air Conditioning

Keeping temperatures cool is one of the many ways your home expends excess energy. Air conditioning units can be detrimental to the environment and consume a lot of energy. Shade trees planted around your home will not only add to your home’s landscaping and market value, but they will also protect your home from the sun.

A shaded home takes far longer to heat up and requires less effort to keep cool. To double your eco-friendliness, pick out a shade tree native to your area.

Low Flow Appliances, Not Traditional

One of the biggest remaining problems in American homes is water waste. Our toilets use more water than almost any other country and account for about 30% of a home’s water use. Fortunately, a low-flow toilet is fairly affordable and can save the household from water waste. Other water-saving appliances are low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.

Making your home more eco-friendly does not have to break the bank and can even be done in just a few hours. Any improvement from planting a native tree to replacing your floors with bamboo can make your home not only earth-friendly but also improve the resale value of your home.

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