If you are a homeowner looking to lessen the impact that your home has on the environment, there are many basic changes you can make! On the inside, putting in new energy efficient appliances and using a low-flow shower head can save you money and help the environment at the same time. But, did you know there are lots of things you can do outside too?
By looking at the roof, your home’s largest footprint, you can make some changes that will positively impact our earth while also making the inside of your house more comfortable and lower your energy costs.
#1 Proper Ventilation & Insulation
Making sure that your roof and crawlspace is properly ventilated and insulated can go far in reducing your environmental impact. With proper insulation, you can lower your heating and cooling costs all throughout the year by having a more sufficient barrier between you and the outside elements.
With proper ventilation, you can help heat and moisture escape, keeping the climate under better control and also improving the structure and safety of your home’s interior by preventing mold and moisture buildup. These steps will ultimately save energy by reducing how often you need to turn on the heater or A/C.
Adding in some solar reflective tubes will brighten up the inside of your home by bringing in more natural daylight into just about any area. Daylighting also means you don’t have to use up power on lamps and overheads during the day when its bright out, which in turn helps you reduce electricity. The natural healthy sunlight that is shining into your home will also boost your mood! Find a roofing contractor to help.
#3 Trim Growth
When you find excess growth around the roof, be sure to trim it down to prevent vegetation from encroaching upon your home’s roofing system. Overgrowth can block air, so by trimming it back, you can promote good air circulation around the roofing system while also reducing wear and tear.
#4 Roof Maintenance
Keeping your roof in proper condition will extend the life of your roof system which reduces material use over time, lowers your environmental impact, and saves you money. This means keeping your gutters clean, your downspouts clear, and debris off the roof’s surface. By participating in regular roof maintenance, you can delay replacement and get decades of life out of your roof.
#5 Water barrels
If you want to lower your environmental impact in a simple and cheap way, investing in some water barrels is a good way to go. Place a water barrel at the bottom of each downspout and the water runoff will be collected. Later, you can use it to water your lawn or garden or even do some outdoor cleaning. Regularly collecting and reusing this water will stop you from turning on the hose every time you need some water outside, and that will also save you money!