Being intentionally eco-wise is just as good for your health and bank account as it is for the environment. We’ve compiled a list of top tips for a green home. These key improvements can help you reduce your environmental footprint, lower your utility bills, and live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Top tips for a green home
Switch to LED or CFL lights
Lighting accounts for about 9% of a typical home’s energy use. A cheap and simple way to reduce your energy bill and your environmental footprint is to replace all your light bulbs with LED bulbs. On average, LED bulbs consume 80% less energy when compared to incandescent light bulbs. These newer bulbs also last about 20 times longer than regular bulbs. As a result, fewer of them end up in a landfill. Another benefit of LED bulbs is that they emit less heat than incandescent light bulbs.
Install solar panels
Incorporating solar into your home is a great way to make your home greener by reducing your carbon footprint and completely slashing your utility bill. Photovoltaic solar panels are getting cheaper and more efficient, so consider the switch!
Use low-flow showerheads and toilets
Low-flow showerheads use less than older showerheads, conserving more water and cutting down your water bill. Because these shower heads use less water they reduce demands on water heaters which saves energy as well. Moreover, you can reduce water used for toilets and money spent on your water bill by replacing old toilets with newer water-efficient models.
Get energy and water-efficient appliances
When it comes time to replace an appliance, it’s best to choose an energy-efficient version if you want to achieve sustainable living. If you need to replace any household appliances, look for Energy Star labels. The label shows consumers that a third party has verified that the product is low water and low energy. They cost more than a regular appliance but are offset by lower water and energy bills.
Start a compost pile
There are so many incredible benefits of composting, including enriching the soil, helping retain moisture and suppressing plant diseases and pests, and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers. Your produce scraps and yard waste will create soil perfect for helping your vegetable garden and flowers grow greener.
Use no- to low-VOC products
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, can cause headaches; nausea; and irritation to the respiratory system, skin and eyes, among other ailments. Aim to use no- to low-VOC paints and cleaning products in your home – more and more of these options are becoming available at your local store.
Install smart appliances
Technology has come a long way, making for greener ways to enjoy your home and save some money. From smart ACs to the Nest Thermostat, and motion sensors that turn lights on and off, there are plenty of ways to keep the cost down and the environment friendly.
Prevent air leaks
Shave some dollars off your utility bills during the winter and summer months by plugging air leaks with weather stripping around your doors and caulk around windows. Preventing cold and warm air from escaping your home helps keep your HVAC system from having to constantly work to maintain a desirable indoor temperature.