If you’re currently in the market to purchase a new house, have you ever considered going with an older home? There are actually a lot of benefits that come with doing so. Older homes tend to have larger rooms. Older homes tend to have a lot of character. Older homes also tend to have a really strong frame and they oftentimes sit on a larger plot of land too.
Of course, if there is a challenge that comes with them, it would be keeping the energy costs under control. That’s why we wanted to offer you some tips on ways that you can greenify an older house, just in case it’s something that you do decide to invest in below:
Do some “green landscaping”. The first thing that we recommend that you do is some landscaping outside of your house. By properly placing some new trees or bushes in your yard, it can help to shield your home from extreme weather elements, which ultimately means that you’ll be paying less on your energy bills each month. One website that has some great “green landscaping” design ideas is Landscaping Network. Simply go to the site and put “eco-friendly landscaping design” in the search field.
Conduct an energy audit. Something that every owner of an older house should do during the spring and also during the fall is to conduct an energy audit. The reason why is because it will reveal to you if you have any small holes or cracks along your windows or doors that could be cause drafts, if the insulation in your basement or attic is too thin and also if you happen to have any water leaks. If you’d like to save a few dollars by conducting the audit yourself, Energy.gov can show you how. Just go to the site and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.
Paint the walls a lighter color. There are some older homes that either don’t have enough windows in some of the rooms or could stand a fresh coat of paint. If either of these are the case in your house, something that you can do to brighten the space is to paint the walls. Just make sure that you go with a color that reflects light (like white or a pastel shade) rather than absorbs it. Also, please make sure to use a low VOC brand. They have a lot less chemicals which ultimately means a lot less fumes.
Install some double-pane windows. Something that you can do that will reveal to you how to prevent heat loss in your home is to install some double-pane windows. The reason why is because they are designed in such a way that they provide your windows with more insulation. This means that the rooms of your house have a greater chance at staying at a set temperature. At the end of the day, that helps to reduce energy costs, plus double-pane windows also increase your property value too.
Upgrade your appliances. It’s not uncommon for an older home to have some pretty dated appliances. So, whether it’s time for a new refrigerator or dishwasher or even water heater, get one that is energy efficient. EnergyStar.gov is one website that features a lot of green appliances. Just go to the site and put “energy efficient appliances” in the search field. They are one thing that will definitely help to greenify your older home.