4 Ways to Green Up Your Home

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“Going green” can be a very elaborate process, but it doesn’t have to. Here are some ideas that can benefit all homeowners.

Lighting
Replacing high-use indoor lightbulbs can save you a bundle over time. When energy-efficient bulbs first came out, many people complained the lights took a long time to come on and the light output was very poor. This is no longer the case!

Many manufacturers make a bulb that gives the same light as a standard bulb at a fraction of the cost over its life. Ask about them at your local home improvement store. Many lighting departments have displays that showcase the amount and quality of light the bulbs give so you can make the best choice for your intended room.

Air Conditioning/Heating
This is a great way to save some money and save the environment. You can turn off your air conditioning when you aren’t at home, or turn down your heat when you are away.  If you think that’s a lot to remember, you could always install a smart thermostat.

These days, they can do a whole host of things for your home, including: 

  • Auto-Scheduling: The thermostat learns your preferences over a week. 
  • Home/Away Assist: Turns itself off when you aren’t home. 
  • Wi-Fi capabilities: To control the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop. 
  • Energy History: Most thermostats on the market can show your energy history. 
Since about half your energy bill is linked to your HVAC system, it pays to pay attention to your consumption!

Water Savers
This is another area where a home owner can really make a difference to the environment and their wallet. Of course, there are the basic ways to save, such as make sure none of your taps or toilets are leaking. Don’t forget your outside taps, too! There are tools available or tricks and hacks to see if your toilet or taps are leaking. Again, your local hardware store can be a great resource.

Even if you have a tankless water heater, turning back your temperature to a max of 120 degrees and wrapping the hot and cold water pipes leading to it with insulating material will make a difference. A high-efficiency showerhead can save up to 3,000 gallons of water per person per year. You’ll save energy costs and up to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per person per year. The showerheads are specially designed to conserve resources while still providing like a luxurious-feeling shower.

Energy Star Logo or Leaf
Finally, when it’s time to replace those bigger ticket items in your home, like your fridge, stove, microwave, or tv, look for the energy-efficient green leaf symbol or Energy Star logo. According to the Energy Star website, properly recycling your old refrigerator and replacing it with a new Energy Star certified refrigerator, can save more than $270 over the next five years. Jump on to the Energy Star website to check your appliance efficiency using their online energy calculator to see how much you can save.

These four simple steps can make a big difference in how you save money and the environment.