With Earth Day approaching, many people are asking how they can make a difference when it comes to their effect on the environment — especially if they’re planning a home renovation.

According to a recent report, the typical U.S. household’s carbon footprint is over five times the global average. Food, housing, transportation, apparel and other personal services are included in this household consumption statistic.

There are plenty of ways you can change your behavior to be suitable for a more sustainable lifestyle. Energy consumption, water usage and the types of materials used are all areas of home living of which you can be more conscious.

So, the next time you’re undergoing a home renovation, consider some of these green alternatives to ensure you’re doing your part to be environmentally friendly!

Discussing home renovation financing options
Home renovations aren’t cheap, but numerous loans are available to finance them.

Financing Your Efforts

Since housing is one of the main factors influencing your carbon footprint, choosing green home renovations is a good place to start to reduce your environmental impact.

However, the high cost of these renos prevents many people from moving forward with them. Fortunately, there are several ways to help finance your improvement projects.

The first option to weigh is a home equity loan. This type of loan uses the equity that you have already built in your home by making mortgage payments or the amount that has accrued if your home value has increased. Also, your interest rate is usually fixed, so it’s easy to budget ahead of time for your monthly payments.

Green loans are another option for financing environmentally conscious home improvement projects.

The main benefit of these loans is that they, too, typically have a low-interest rate and are available to those within a wider range of credit health. 

Green Alternatives to Try

Here are some green options to include in your next home renovation.

While some are more costly than others, you can always put the savings from your utility bill toward any additional payments!

Worker installing window during home renovation
Choose Energy Star-certified windows to save on your monthly utility bills and help protect the environment. (DepositPhotos)

1. Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors

This is a quicker fix than many other types of home improvements. While window replacements require a little more work than doors, if you keep the same layout and don’t create new patterns in your walls, windows can be removed and replaced in the same day.

On top of the ease of installation, having Energy Star-certified windows will save you 15% on monthly utility bills. 

Solar panels on green home
Solar panels are an expensive investment, but the value added to your home usually makes up for the initial startup. (DepositPhotos)

2. Solar Panels

Solar panels are a common choice when it comes to green home renovations.

While installation can set you back in terms of upfront monetary commitments, the amount of cash saved in the long run is a strong argument for making the switch.

Solar panels are also a cleaner, more sustainable option that has very little impact on the environment and, in turn, lowers your carbon footprint.

When it comes to solar panels, you have two choices for adding them to your home. You can purchase and install solar panels that you own yourself, or you can rent the equipment from a reputable renewable energy provider. 

Even though solar panels are an expensive investment, the value added to your home usually makes up for the initial startup. You will also benefit from federal tax credits as well, making this a viable option if you plan to stay in your current home for a longer period.

Innovative smart home products from Design and Construction Week 2020
Smart technology can not only make your home greener; it also can make it more efficient.

3. Smart Tech Installation

Smart homes are all the rage right now as a way to make life more convenient. But, smart technology can also make your home much greener.

Instead of wasting countless hours or energy heating or cooling rooms that are not being used, you can install a smart thermostat. Or, look into LED lighting you can control from your phone so you can avoid the hefty costs associated with accidentally leaving the lights on overnight. 

No matter your decision, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to being more environmentally conscious home renovations.

This Earth Day is the perfect opportunity for you to greenify your home and reduce your carbon footprint so you can be a more informed, considerate homeowner!

What are your suggestions for green home renovations? Leave them in the comments below!

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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