Easy Tips for Going Green with Your Home

Transforming your home to go “green” and become more energy efficient is a hot topic as of late - not only can you help save the environment by saving energy, but you can save money as well! There is more that you can do besides recycling.

Save Energy

  1. Update your thermostat to a programmable one

    Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat that you can adjust from your Bluetooth devices so that you aren’t heating or cooling an empty home.
     
  2. Make sure your walls and attic are well insulated

    The average homeowner can save $200 a year simply by increasing or upgrading the insulation around their home’s walls and ceilings. Experts estimate that approximately one-third of homes in the United States are under-insulated, costing these homeowners much more than their well-insulated counterparts.
     
  3. Unplug unnecessary appliances or install a “smart” power strip

    A “smart” power strip can sense when your appliances aren’t being used or are off, adjusting the power accordingly. You can also always make sure to unplug your appliances yourself when you’re not using them.
     
  4. Choose heavy curtains for your windows

    Not only are heavy curtains aesthetically pleasing, but they have a practical purpose as well. They can reduce the amount of heat passing between relatively thin window planes into your house by covering your windows.
     
  5. Wash your clothes using cold water whenever possible

    Up to 85% of a washing machine’s energy usage goes towards heating the water.
     
  6. Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)

    If you have any older incandescent light bulbs, install CFLs when those burn out. CFLs last almost 10x longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and are more environmentally-friendly.
     
  7. Use a low-flow showerhead and toilet

    If you don’t want to cut down on your shower time, upgrading to a more efficient shower head is a great way to reduce your water consumption.