Green Home Improvements for Earth Day
Earth Day, celebrated every year on April 22, is a movement that began in 1970 and has continued to be an important calendar date going on five decades. Though the subject of climate change and “going green” has proven politically divisive, most homeowners can agree that Earth Day is an excellent excuse to take a little time to make environmental improvement in and around the home. The upside, apart from doing something great for the environment, is that you can also improve your living situation.
Going green can be as simple as replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent lights throughout the home. By some estimates, you can save $100 a year on your electric bill by doing this. However, for many environmentally conscious homeowners, it’s more about reducing their carbon footprint, and it certainly does that.
How your windows affect energy efficiency
As for being energy efficient, performing an audit can give you a firm picture of where you currently stand, which can lead to clues as to where you can find improvements. An energy audit might show that you’re losing a lot of your heat in the winter and cool air in the summer through your windows. High performance, argon gas-insulated windows are among the top quality windows that can drastically improve energy efficiency. Check with Energy Star to see which energy efficient windows will fit your budget.
Perhaps you want to embrace Earth Day with a bend toward your landscaping? Believe it or not, when you strategically place trees and bushes around your home, you can reduce the amount of energy you use. Whether it’s for creating shade to block out the harsh summer sun or for a wind block to keep the frigid winter wind from pushing into your home, pick out a tree or bush that thrives in your region and fits your tastes and plant it on Earth Day.
Take some time to consider your roofing and siding replacement project
April 22 is also a great date to mark on your calendar for larger projects, like replacing an old roof or damaged siding. If you’ve had your eye on wood shingles for your home, now is the time to pull the trigger and get that beautiful, natural wood look that really bumps up the curb value of a home. Plus, wood shingle siding is among the most energy efficient material to use.
Taking on a roof project for your green home improvements for Earth Day is also an excellent idea. A new roof is an investment that pays in more ways than one. First, it can boost the resale value of a home, but it can also lower insurance rates and energy bills. Some contractors will offer a free inspection of your roof, so schedule an appointment and see where you stand with your roof.
At VIS Exterior, we use only the best quality materials, like James Hardie siding, which will fit perfectly with your vision of a green home improvement project this April. Siding, roofing, windows and gutters are our specialty. Contact us for a free inspection and we’ll let you know if you’re due for repairs or replacement. As our clients can attest and our track record confirms, we are professional, affordable and fast.