Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

written by: Alexander Clark

 

Green living is no longer an option, it has become a necessity. Besides the environmental impact, choosing an eco-friendly lifestyle is also beneficial for your budget. You can start your journey towards a completely green life with a few home improvements.

For instance, did you know that windows and doors are the places through which you lose the most energy? By using energy efficient windows and doors, you can save up to 30% on your heating bill. The simplest and cheapest things you can do are checking for cracks in the windows and doors and then repairing them, weatherstriping in order to reduce air leakage.

However, this does not offer you a home with energy efficient windows and doors. For that, you will need a little investment, but don’t worry, they will pay for themselves in just a few years. You can start by changing the frames with energy efficient ones. When it comes to windows, it is easy to find some who even block the UV light, so your cooling costs will decrease significantly. Alternatively, you can use high-reflectivity films with the same effect.

Nonetheless, you can apply special treatments to the frames of your doors and windows. These reduce the heat loss that occurs during winter and the heat gain during summer. Another step you can take also has a decorative purpose: add awnings, interior or exterior blinds or draperies to all your windows in order to prevent the UV light from heating your home during summer.

All in all, there are numerous things you can do in order to have energy efficient windows and doors. You simply need to choose the best option for you and your home and then sit back and enjoy the extra heat in the winter and the coolness that lasts longer even in the hottest summer days.

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