garage door replacementOver the last few years, Americans have begun to make their lifestyles more green — or environmentally-friendly — than ever before. With the threat of climate change and other environmental disasters becoming increasingly apparent, more and more people are looking for new ways to reduce their impact on the planet.

But did you know that your garage door is one of the best parts of your house that you can make green?

The benefits of greening your garage door are many — the most obvious being the financial savings from reducing your energy usage. Additionally, you’ll increase the overall comfort of your home and reduce your impact on the environment.

Fortunately, making your garage door conserve more energy and be more friendly to the environment doesn’t have to be a complicated or difficult process. Here are three of the simplest ways you can make your electric garage door a little more green:

Change the light bulbs illuminating your garage
If your garage is illuminated with incandescent light bulbs, you may be consuming more energy than you think — especially if you often use your garage as a workshop. By replacing these light bulbs with more energy-efficient LED lighting or CFLs, you can save money and reduce your impact on the planet.

Invest in a garage door replacement
If your garage door is several years — or decades — old, there’s a good chance it’s not insulating your garage as well as it should be. Garage doors with poor insulation, or R-value, can waste hundreds of dollars in energy each year. By replacing your garage door, you can save money on your energy bills while helping the environment. Additionally, some garage door companies now make composite doors made with 100% recycled wood fiber — making them especially eco-friendly. While the average garage door replacement costs approximately $1,496, you can be comforted by the fact that a professional garage door installation can boast an incredible 84% return on investment.

Opt for green garage building materials
In addition to your garage door, the materials used to build the garage structure itself can also be “greenified.” By replacing your garage’s windows with Energy Star-certified windows, you can make your structure even more energy-efficient. Also, consider opting using eco-friendly paint on your garage to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals you use.

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