5 ways to create curb appeal while staying green

When it comes to houses, first impressions matter, as people quickly form opinions about a house based on a quick glance. Curb appeal is discussed among homeowners who are looking to sell their homes, but anyone who owns a house can benefit from making an effort to create a pleasant home exterior.

You can make improvements that will add curb appeal to your home while staying eco-conscious. To help you get pointed in the right direction, here are a few ideas:

1. Showcase trees.

It’s estimated that trees can increase a home’s value by more than 15 percent. Towering, beautiful trees instantly add charm to any house, so if your yard is looking sparse, consider planting some trees. Keep in mind it can take five to seven years for such plants to mature.

Trees not only add value to your home for aesthetic reasons, but they are incredibly beneficial to the environment. They absorb carbon monoxide, and in turn release healthy oxygen back into the air. They also provide homes for many of nature’s creatures.

In addition, trees can also help you save on your energy bills. When planted in a manner that covers your home with shade, trees help lower the home's internal temperature. Likewise, if trees provide shade for your AC unit, it can help your air conditioner run more efficiently.

Landscaping in general is important when trying to add curb appeal, so take some time to manicure your lawn to appear lush and green.

2. Add window awnings.

Awnings add style to the outside of your home, as well as a practical, earth-friendly function. They keep sunlight out of your home and lower the indoor temperature, which allows you to use your AC less often and at warmer settings. You can install automated home window awnings that are powered by the sun, thereby expanding your green efforts.

3. Install solar-powered lights.

Patio and landscape lights are a great way to add some decor to your home’s exterior, plus outdoor lighting allows for outside get-togethers, increases safety when being outdoors after dusk and contributes to an overall feeling of elegance.

Many variations of solar-powered outdoor lighting are available, so as long as you live in an area that gets regular sunshine, you’ll be able to adorn your landscape with easily managed, eco-conscious illumination.

4. Polish up with paint.

If your home’s paint is chipping away, it can make your home look a bit neglected. Naturally, polishing up any areas that need it will help enhance the appearance of your home, but in order to stay with your green approach, remember that not all paints are created equal. Look for products that are low- or zero-VOC when repainting.

5. Keep your roof in good condition.

One of the most important things home buyers and appraisers look for when assessing value is the condition of the roof, and shingles that are unkempt, missing or tearing off will hinder your curb appeal efforts. Whether you’re simply patching up a few areas or restoring your whole roof, there are plenty of green options you can consider. Here are a few of them:

  • Some shingles are made out of recycled material, such as plastic or rubber.
  • Metal rooftops reflect heat and are often made out of recycled material, and even if they are not, they can be recycled after their use is complete.
  • Cool roofs are made out of material that is designed to reflect sunlight, thereby lowering the internal heat of your home.
  • Clay tiles are recyclable and provide insulation, helping to keep your home cool in warm months and warm in cooler months.

As you can see, there are many ways to enhance your home’s appearance, make a positive impression on prospective buyers and passersby and stick to your green values. 

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