There are a lot of green remodeling ideas available to homeowners today. Installing new appliances and replacing old ones with energy-saving models is a good start. You can also improve your home’s efficiency by sealing air leaks around windows, doors, and utility lines inside the home.
Add a solar water heater
Solar water heaters are a great option for homes that don’t have access to natural gas, electricity, or other sources of heat. They can be used in conjunction with other heating systems and work by using the sun’s rays to warm water. Solar water heaters are usually installed on top of your roof or near a south-facing window so they can absorb as much sunlight as possible.
The best part about solar water heaters? They’re free! As long as there’s enough sun during the day (and no clouds), these systems will provide you with endless amounts of hot water at no additional cost–making them excellent additions to any home improvement project.
Replace old windows
Windows are one of the largest sources of heat loss in a home. They can also be a source of air pollution, noise, and glare. Energy-efficient windows can help you save money on your energy bills by keeping out cold air while allowing warm air to circulate through them. The most common type of window is double-pane with Low-E coating on both panes (also known as Low-E or “Low Emissivity”). This helps reflect heat back into your home during winter months, while still allowing light through during summer months so that you don’t have to close off all those lovely views after all!
You may have noticed that some windows are painted shut so that no light comes through them at night–this is because people used to think it was safer for their children if they couldn’t see outside at night because there might be bad guys lurking about! Nowadays it’s more likely we’ll want our kids sleeping soundly without worrying about what might be lurking outside their bedroom windows at night.
Replace your refrigerator
The Energy Star label is a great way to determine which refrigerators are more energy-efficient. The program rates appliances based on their estimated annual operating costs, and it can help you save money over time.
If you’re looking for an Energy Star refrigerator, look for these features:
- A feature called “power chill” can help keep food colder when the power goes out or if your electricity bills are high (for example, during the summer months). This feature uses less electricity than normal operation so that your food stays fresh longer without spoiling as quickly due to heat buildup inside the appliance’s walls. An automatic ice maker will produce ice cubes without requiring manual intervention from you; this means no more wasting time filling up trays with water every few hours. If possible, choose a side-by-side model rather than a top freezer because they use less space but make sure there’s still plenty of room in both compartments before purchasing anything!
Programmable thermostats are a great way to save money and energy. They’re easy to install, and you can do it yourself or hire a professional.
To install a programmable thermostat:
- Turn off the power at the circuit breaker or fuse box for your home’s central air system. If you have an electric furnace, turn off its breaker as well.
- Remove the old wallplate from the wall by loosening screws with an Allen wrench or screwdriver (depending on your model). If there are two wires going into one terminal block inside your old thermostat, remove them from their connections by pulling on each wire individually until it comes free from its terminal block connection point(s). The same goes for three-wire connections–just pull gently until all three wires come loose from their respective points in order to avoid breaking them off entirely! You may need pliers if they’re stubborn enough; just be careful not to damage anything else while doing this step!
Choose light bulbs
One of the easiest ways to go green remodeling ideas is to replace incandescent light bulbs with CFL or LED ones. You’ll save money on your electric bill, and you’ll help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.
The benefits of these bulbs are many:
- They use less energy than incandescent bulbs.
- They last longer, so you don’t have to replace them as often (which means less waste).
- They look similar to normal bulbs, but they’re usually smaller in size–so they won’t take up as much space on your fixture!
Seal air leaks around windows
- Seal air leaks around windows, doors, and utility lines inside the home.
- Caulk or foam sealant can be used to stop air leaks around windows and doors. Weatherstripping is another effective way to prevent drafts from coming through your home’s cracks and crevices.
We hope that you enjoyed this list of green remodeling ideas. Remember to look at your home and think about how it could be improved with some simple changes that would save energy and water.