Going Green in 2016

Not only is investing in green home improvements good for the environment, but it is also great for the value of your home. By installing energy-efficient appliances and new eco-friendly features, you are also likely going to receive a significantly less expensive energy bill each month.

Consider Composting
Not all eco-friendly changes to your life have to cost money. Her Life Magazine suggested turning food scraps and yard waste into compost for your garden, landscaping or backyard. It’s a great way to cut down on what you throw away and send to a landfill, while saving money on fertilizer for the exterior of your home.

“Composting is an easy and affordable way to take steps toward a greener lifestyle.”

By committing to compost in 2016, you will also help cut down on your contribution to the greenhouse gas problem.

Composting is an easy and affordable way to take steps toward a greener lifestyle.

Energy-Efficient Lighting 
HGTV noted that replacing old light bulbs with high-efficiency ones is a great way to save money on your electric bill. Consider replacing exterior and interior bulbs for the most noticeable savings. 

Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances 
In addition to light bulbs, there are a plethora of options that offer more efficient solutions for your daily energy consumption. From washers and dryers to water heaters and even windows, you can replace a number of features with more efficient alternatives, saving money and energy in one fell swoop. 

In addition, you can also take advantage of certain tax benefits when going green. You’ll save on your energy bill and your tax return.

Reach out to your tax preparer to learn more about available incentives in your region. You may be surprised to learn some renovations you have already completed actually qualify for tax credit. Typically, 30 percent of what you pay for green improvements will qualify for tax credit. 

Invest in High-Efficiency Kitchens and Bathrooms 
When people are looking for a new home, they often critique the kitchen and bathrooms of the property the most. This means investing in remodeling projects in these spaces will likely provide the most return on your investment. So, if you are looking to take on a renovation project in these areas, you might as well ensure there are energy-efficient appliances in these rooms as well. 

From showerheads to dishwashers, you can find a number of green options that can be incorporated into the design. 

Storage During Renovations 
While projects are taking place in your home, you likely need to relocate many of your belongings. Consider taking them to a storage unit to ensure protection for the duration of your renovation projects. 

SecurCare Self Storage provides optimal service at an affordable price. Head to one of our nationwide storage locations and speak with a professional about available storage units and pricing. We’ll be with you every step of the way during your green home renovations.¬†