7 Green Home Improvements You Should Make before This Fall

7 Green Home Improvements You Should Make before This Fall
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    As summer turns to autumn, your mind may likewise turn to getting your house in order.

    While you contemplate what fall cleaning chores you would like to tackle, you would do well to also think about how you can lower your utility bills while maintaining your home's elegance and organization.

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Before fall arrives, you can make your home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly by making these seven green home improvements.

Energy Star Rated Appliances

Outdated kitchen appliances can raise your bills and also use a lot of energy. When you want to make your home greener, you can do so by installing Energy Star rated appliances in your kitchen.

Energy Star rated appliances use less energy than older models. They also do not cost more and in fact often come with rebates. If you choose these appliances for your kitchen, you also may be eligible for a credit on your federal income taxes.

Replace Vinyl Flooring and Fixtures

Many people are unaware that vinyl is one of the most environmentally toxic materials found in homes today. It contains harmful substances like dioxin and phthalates. When you want to make your home more ecologically sound, you would do well to remove all of your vinyl flooring and fixtures and replace it with more environmentally friendly choices like linoleum or bamboo.

Bamboo continues to be popular with green-minded homeowners. It is grown in abundance and has no negative impact on the environment when it is harvested. It also looks very elegant when it is used in home improvement projects.

Like bamboo, linoleum also is an ecologically good choice for your home. Genuine linoleum is made from linseed oil, a substance that is safe for your family to be around and poses no risk to your health.

Low-Flow Toilets

When you want to reduce your home’s water usage, you can invest in low-flow toilets. These toilets use less water than standard models. They also take care of your basic bathroom needs without raising your water bill.

Recycled Glass

More people are using recycled glass in their homes. Recycled glass is popular to use for kitchen counters and islands.

Along with being environmentally friendly, it is also resistant to heat and stains. It proves to be very easy to care for, more so than granite or linoleum counters.

Replace Old Windows

Old windows let in air and cold from the outside. When you want to lower your home’s utility use, you should replace your windows with new, more energy efficient models.

Energy efficient windows often feature quadruple pane glass that keeps out air and excess heat and cold. They also help reduce your home’s energy bills.

Window Coverings

Along with replacing old windows, you also should invest in energy efficient window coverings. Window coverings like plantation shutters, blinds, shades, and draperies help maximize your home’s energy efficiency.

They also make your home look more elegant because they are available in a wide range of colors and styles. You can use these coverings in any room of the house. Your family room window treatments and coverings in other rooms will keep out heat in the summer, cold in the winter, and help lower your bills all year long.

Ceiling Fans

Another way to add green technology to your home involves installing ceiling fans. Ceiling fans may not seem very innovative when it comes to environmentally friendly home improvements.

However, they help circulate the air in your home more thoroughly. You avoid having to run your home’s heating system at a high temperature because the fans help circulate the heat throughout the house.

Fall is the time to make your home green. You should make these green home improvements before fall arrives this year.

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