It's no secret that living more sustainably is good for the planet and the right thing to do. But there seems to be a certain stigma around green living. Some people avoid making green upgrades to their homes because they're afraid of looking "too hipster" or unlike their neighbors. If you really want to go green but also have a certain image to maintain, there is a way to compromise. Here are three green home upgrades you can make without looking "too hipster."

A Metal Roof

If you're due for a roof replacement, opt or metal rather than standard asphalt shingles. Metal is trendy because it is durable, affordable, and comes in many colors – but it's also a very eco-friendly choice. Metal roofing, especially when you choose a lighter color like tan or gray, reflects more light than asphalt shingles and most other roofing materials. Your home will stay cooler in the summer, enabling you to depend less on your air conditioner, and less air conditioning use means less energy use, which means fewer fossil fuels are burned. Metal roofs also tend to be made from recycled products, and one day when your metal roof is no longer functional, it can be recycled again instead of being shipped off to a landfill. Talk to a roofing contractor about metal roof options.

New Windows

You can buy the classiest windows available or the basic model, and there's a good chance they'll be a more sustainable choice than your home's old windows. Best of all, they'll look clean and pristine. Most modern windows are double-pane, which means there are two panes of glass and not just one. The air trapped between the two panes of glass works as an insulator, keeping your hot air in during the winter and cold air in during the summer to reduce your energy use.

Spray Foam Insulation

Nobody really sees your insulation, so it's perfectly acceptable to upgrade to the latest and greatest. Spray foam insulation does a more effective job of reducing heat transfer than standard fiberglass, and it also forms a watertight barrier so you don't have to worry so much about roof leaks or mold formation. It starts as a liquid and transforms into a dense foam as it is sprayed onto a surface. You will need to have it professionally applied, but it works well for attics, inside walls, and even beneath floors. A better insulated home uses a lot less energy.

Green living does not have to come in the form of solar panels and hemp-based building products. With these upgrades, you can live a greener lifestyle without giving off too earthy of an image.

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