Have you ever considered installing solar panels on your home? What about laying down synthetic grass in your yard? These ideas seem crazy to some, but they are some great ways to save some green while being green!
There are many small things you can do to make your home more energy-efficient and save money in the process, which will make your home more appealing to buyers when you're ready to sell. And you are saving the Earth in the process. Talk about a win-win!
Solar panels are expensive to install, but are worth the investment. They’ll also save you a lot of money over time in tax credits and rebates as well as saving money on your electric bill. To find out how much solar panels could save you, visit Solar-Estimate.org.
Another great idea is composite decking. In addition to saving trees by using composite decking instead of wood, you’ll save yourself a lot of work over the years NOT having to reseal the wood to keep water out! Composite decking, which is made from a blend of wood waste and plastic, doesn’t require the same upkeep as traditional wood deck boards. There is no sealing needed which eliminates the time and money you’d spend plus fewer chemicals will be released into the air. And since the deck won’t rot, no trees will be cut down and used to replace it after a few years. This is probably my favorite of the "green" ideas.
There is also synthetic grass! It sounds crazy, but using fake grass in your yard is really popular in some areas. It looks surprisingly real, and best of all, needs NO water. How great would that be during drought times!? Synthetic grass costs about twice as much as sod to install, but you can make up that in the water alone! Not to mention all the other costs like mowing, trimming, weeding, etc!!!
What other ideas do you have for going green?
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