(BPT) — In the Reading / Berks County area, sustainable home upgrades are becoming more and more popular as people look to renovate their homes and protect the planet. These eco-friendly improvements can make your home more comfortable and help you save money over time.
And while you might have to invest some initial money and effort in these upgrades now, it’s well worth it. They not only benefit the planet — they’ll save you money in the long run and increase the value of your home.
Here are five sustainable upgrades to add to your project list that will offer the best return on your investment. As always, Matthew Hertzog and his crew at Stoney Creek Contracting can help guide you through the process from start to finish.
1. Energy-efficient windows
Energy-saving windows are an important consideration for new and old homes alike. Designed to prevent your warm or cooled air from escaping your home, they provide increased insulation to lower your energy use and costs. If you’re installing new windows, look for the Energy Star rating and review the energy performance label to find the most efficient windows for your home.
2. Solar roof
Solar technology is an essential feature for a truly sustainable home, and now it’s more accessible than ever before. GAF Energy launched Timberline Solar is a first-of-its-kind solar roof that features nailable, ultra-thin solar energy shingles. These shingles are durable, weatherproof, and easy to install, with a sleek design compared to traditional solar panels. A solar roof requires an initial investment, but in the long term, you could produce enough electricity to power everything in your home — saving you hundreds of dollars per year while potentially increasing your home’s value, too! For more information, visit gafenergy.com.
3. Tankless water heater
Tankless water heaters are an energy-efficient way to provide hot water in your home — and a big trend in real estate this year. These water heaters can be powered by gas or electricity and can save you up to 70 percent on your heating bills. And because they’re so compact, you can install them anywhere without sacrificing storage space. Plus, they can last up to 20 years, which is much longer than traditional water heaters.
4. Smart home appliances
When it’s time to shop for new appliances, remember to look for the Energy Star label, just as you do with energy-efficient windows. Energy Star certified appliances are marked with a special sticker that details their efficiency statistics and estimated yearly operating costs and energy consumption. It’s also important to be mindful about choosing the right-sized appliances for your needs. Bigger appliances can often mean more energy use and higher bills.
Artificial lighting is one of the biggest energy-users in your home. For rooms that get limited natural light, consider installing a skylight. This will draw in sunlight so you can use less electricity. When choosing your skylight, make sure to look for the Energy Star certification.
Consider these eco-friendly upgrades to boost your energy savings in a big way and help the planet at the same time.
With over 20 years of experience in construction and remodeling projects, you can have confidence that Stoney Creek Contracting will get the job done. We do projects large and small, from repairs and installations to complete house remodels. We at Stoney Creek Contracting pride ourselves in quality residential remodeling projects and construction. Licensed, bonded, and insured, we go the extra mile to maintain a clean work area and provide courteous service. Call us at 610-927-7313 for your free estimate for a basement, kitchen, bathroom, or flooring project. We also do windows, siding, and other exterior projects. You can also submit a contact request here.