Homeowners making the resolution to become more eco friendly in the new year should know what trends are expected to continue and improve in 2012. Buildipedia.com says upcoming trends have evolved from basics as technology and the economy have dictated which green features are best for homeowners.
Homeowners looking for an easy fix know that compact fluorescents have been known as a sound alternative to regular light bulbs. However, the source reports that LED bulbs use even less energy and even have longer lifespans than CFLs.
Energy monitoring systems are an update from energy-saving programmable thermostats and help homeowners manage energy use more efficiently. Once data is gathered, homeowners can cut back on consumption and save money on energy bills. Buildipedia reports that these can be pricey, but homeowners should be able to find better prices as more models become available throughout the year.
Some popular changes being made include sealing up leaks and upgrading to Energy Star-rated HVAC equipment. According to the source, many homeowners are renovating during the economic recovery, as fixing up an existing home saves money, lowers waste and preserves land more effectively than building a new home.