Earth Day is approaching quickly and will be here on April 22nd. How will you do your part in helping preserve our beautiful planet, our home? Try these 7 essentials ways to make your home green.
Simple Ways to Make your Home Green
Replace The Light
By replacing the old style, incandescent lightbulbs with energy-efficient lightbulbs such as halogen incandescent, CFL’s (compact fluorescent lamps, and LED’s (light-emitting diodes) they will typically use about 25-80% less energy than the traditional incandescent. Though energy-efficient bulbs are a bit higher in price than the traditional bulbs, they will end up saving up to $75 a year! And that’s just replacing five of your most used bulbs. Additionally, they can last 3-25 times longer.
Prevent Air Leaks
Save money on your utility bills during the summer and winter months by checking for air leaks around doors and windows. If you find any air leaks, the fix is quick and easy! Grab weather stripping and plug the leaks around the doors. On your windows use caulk for a tight seal. Plugging and sealing air leaks is important so warm or cold air can’t escape your home. This helps keeps HVAC systems from running constantly, saving you money in return.
Composting… it’s FREE
Chances are if you are a homeowner you have some sort of landscape. Make your compost for your plants or garden! The best thing is it’s free to make and it’s good for the environment! All the food waste in landfills makes methane, a greenhouse gas. You can make your carbon footprint by composting food scraps in your backyard. Here is an informative list on what and how to compost.
Catch the Rain
Reduce the amount of water you use by catching rain water. Here is an affordable way to make a rain barrel. The benefits to having a rain barrel are numerous. One benefit is you can use this water for watering plants, trees, and gardens. Rain barrels also benefit the lakes and rivers by reducing peak volumes.
Explore Solar Energy
Many homeowners are choosing to invest in solar panels. Solar power systems derive clean, pure energy from the sun. Solar panels help combat greenhouse gas emissions. Also, solar panel energy production can be as much as 95% lower than fossil fuel power plants.
A majority of appliances today are energy-efficient. If it’s time to replace your old refrigerator, dishwasher, washer or dryer, look for one that is certified Energy Star. Check with your power company to see if they offer incentives for replacing old appliances with energy-efficient ones.
Say No To VOC Products (or use low-VOC)
VOC (volatile organize compounds) paints and cleaning products can cause nausea, headaches, and irritation to respiratory system, as well as irritation to the eyes and skin. When buying these products be sure to read the labels, or have a store employee help you. Many stores are carrying more of these products.
By choosing to implement these methods to make your home green, you are helping our planet become a better place to live. Go green! You won’t regret it!
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