3 Green Updates for Your Home

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3 green updates for your home

3 green updates for your homeRemodeling a home is more than choosing colors, knocking out walls or adding an addition. Some changes to a house are about finding ways to live more sustainably while reducing energy consumption. Fortunately, many of these updates are also be aesthetically pleasing and affordable.

Green buildings in Portland are a trend. Environmentally friendly updates increase the value of your home while decreasing your impact on the environment.

There are many green technologies. Where should you start? Changing everything at once is overwhelming. Begin by evaluating your home, and your energy consumption. An energy assessment can help you prioritize to-do list.

When you’re ready to get going, consider these three green updates for your home:

Make Windows Energy Efficient

Old or faulty windows let in the cold and heat, causing your HVAC system to run more than it should. You can remedy this problem in several ways.

First, make sure your windows are properly installed and sealed. You may need to install weatherstripping to reduce heat air leaks.

Second, consider the benefits of window tinting. Window film is a quick, simple and affordable way to reduce energy costs. Professional installation is critical for the best results. Window film reflects about 75 percent of the sun’s solar energy. It can help you save on your energy bills, while also making your home’s interior more comfortable.

If you’d like to learn about home window film, give Pacific Window Tinting a call today. We can help you evaluate your windows, give you an estimate and provide you with samples of our products.

Third, you can install new energy-efficient windows. Buying new windows is a significant investment, but in some cases it’s the right choice.

Consider a Metal Roof

You may be able to lower your energy costs by installing a metal roof. These roofs reflect heat rather than absorbing it. Metal also has a smaller environmental footprint than other types of materials. Asphalt shingles, for example, have to be replaced every 15 years or so. Metal roofs can last up to 50 years or longer before they have to be repaired or replaced.

Invest in Green Flooring Options

By switching out your old flooring for materials that are green, such as bamboo and reclaimed wood flooring, you are going to be instantly upgrading both the look and value of your home.

These kinds of flooring materials are relatively inexpensive compared to many of the other options on the market. Plus, they aren’t a compromise in styles. Both materials are attractive and appeal to Portland-area homeowners.

Ready to get started on a greener way of life? Contact us for more information.