Live an Eco-Friendly Life
Creating a more energy efficient home is great for the environment – but it can also be a huge benefit for you. A house that uses less energy is a house that will save you money!
Even if you think your home is too old to become efficient, you can still take some simple steps to make it eco-friendlier. And it really doesn’t take a ton of effort. Start with these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to less energy consumption, a lower monthly bill and a happier planet.
One degree of change. Turning your thermostat down by just one degree can create significant savings each month. You probably won’t even feel the difference!
Turn off the tap. Did you know that running the water while brushing your teeth is one of the biggest ways we waste water? Simply turning off the faucet when you don’t need the water can be a no-brainer saver.
Replace and reduce. Try swapping out your traditional incandescent light bulbs with energy friendly bulbs, including halogen and LEDs. These little efficiency lovers use anywhere from 25% to 80% less energy and can last up to 25 times longer!
Power down with power strips. Even when your appliances are turned off, they quietly drain power. It’s called standby power, and it accounts for 5 to 10 percent of residential energy use. Using power strips with switches lets you easily cut power to the appliances you’re not using in one fell swoop.
Let the sun shine in. Opening the blinds during the day and letting the sun heat your living space can significantly reduce your heating expenses. And natural sunlight feels so good! Just ask your cat.
Stop the drops. A leaky faucet or toilet can waste a lot of water and cost you more money than you might think. A quick fix can be a long-term saver; every drop you stop is money in the bank.
Compost your scraps. Composting kitchen waste can reduce your need for water, fertilizers and pesticides in your garden. And, by producing less waste you’ll reduce your waste expenses.
Thinking of building or remodeling a house to better support your green lifestyle? Here are some ideas to get started.