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This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. Before taking a look at the next generation of HVAC devices, we should probably fist make sure we understand what this acronym means. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. All those functions are now often performed by a single unit in your home or office, which sends warm, cool or dehumidified air though a system of tubes, i.e. ducts, to all the rooms in your home, or all offices in a building.
Ready to put your home on the market? You’ve probably seen a few home improvement shows, packed with tips on staging, refreshing your home’s features, and planning to get the most money possible. Perhaps some of the biggest tips, though, are usually overlooked. At Modernize, we know that green technology and building materials not only help the environment, but will also boost your bank account. Here are a few valuable eco-friendly upgrades to consider before listing your home.
Solar panels seem to be really in vogue these days, and with good reason too. The long term benefits of such sources of renewable energy have been well publicized at this point, particularly in relation to environmental concerns. As a sustainable source of clean energy, solar power is seen as an altruistic means of powering the world while keeping humanity’s carbon footprint to a minimum. Outside of ethical arguments, solar panels are also seen as a very good way to reduce one’s energy bills over time as, once set up, they essentially generate free energy. The only stumbling block however, is that of the comparatively high cost of having them installed. This expense is seen as being quite prohibitive to all but the most financially secure of homeowners. The following are some methods which can help take the edge off the price of getting a solar panel installation:
Get children involved in green activities. From achieving a sustainable home to making smart choices, try teaching these 8 activities to your kids. It has been said time and again that children are our future. This may already be a cliché for some people, but the truth is, this description becomes terrifyingly real when these children start growing up into young adults. These same people will eventually comprise the world’s population.
You bring reusable bags to the grocery store, drive a green vehicle and support local and environmentally friendly businesses. If reducing your carbon footprint is your 2016 resolution, it's time you consider upgrades that will make your home more eco-friendly as well. Unlike traditional home repair, green upgrades will save you money in the long run by cutting your energy bill and water consumption. If this is your home's green year, consider these five eco-friendly upgrades that benefit both you and the environment.
With the continued drought in the Western United States, and general ecology becoming more and more necessary every day, here are 5 quick green home improvements that will not only conserve water at home, but lower your water bills!