It’s actually easy bein’ green: Ways to make your home more eco-friendly

Turning your home into a model of green living has several benefits. Not only are you helping the environment by producing less carbon dioxide, but you're also lowering your utility bills as you aren't utilizing as much electricity. Additionally, an eco-friendly renovation is a long-term investment of sustainability.

Today, we'll look at a couple of ways you can improve your home to make it a truly green residence.

To become an eco-friendly property owner, you'll need to:

Dump your old appliances – Outdated refrigerators, microwaves and other kitchen necessities consume more energy than you think. Older models actually use tiny bits of power even when you aren't using them. EnergyStar-rated products feature safeguards against this micro-consumption, ensuring that you aren't paying extra each month. Similarly, they are designed to perform just as well as other brands but at a fraction of the electricity expenditure.

Rethink your lighting setup – Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are the undisputed future of residential lighting, but currently many homeowners still rely on old-fashioned bulbs that don't last very long and consume an inordinate amount of power. You can shave 25 percent off your monthly electricity bills by switching over to this new technology.

Waste nothing – Did you buy a new TV but plan to toss the box in the trash? Give the environment a helping hand by reusing that box for storage. At the very least, recycle anything you can that you would otherwise chuck in the trash. That way, you will cut down on household waste while also giving Mother Nature a helping hand.

Hopefully these tips will help set you on the path to a greener lifestyle. However, to do it right, you'll need to be committed to making your home a truly low-impact residence. Good luck!

One Reply to “It’s actually easy bein’ green: Ways to make your home more eco-friendly”

  1. Being ‘green’ can be a matter of degrees from pastel green to a dark forest green and everything in between.

    The first step in living a green lifestyle is to use only what you need and use (and reuse) all of what you have in an efficient manner… this is emblematic of “Living Lighting” on the Earth.

    Reducing your energy needs saves money and is a smart investment with an escalating measurable rate of return. Amory Lovens of the Rocky Mountain Institute speaks about first picking the “low hanging fruit.” The first fruit to pick is to add insulation, and weather- and air-seal your home’s exterior envelope. Please ensure you add fresh-filtered air ventilation that also captures the heat energy from exhaust air. All this allows you to reduce heat transfer and the need to add heat or apply cooling.

    Applying “daylighting design” is also an energy saver that cuts artificial lighting use by 30% or more. Combine this with low voltage LED lighting and reduce heat gain and electrical use significantly.
    Use the sunlight to preheat air or store solar heat in “tromb walls” or masonry to heat one’s home for free. Good design will regulate that added solar heat gain well.

    Good design that incorporates natural ventilation during the temperate seasons (spring, summer, and fall) can also save on energy spent on mechanical ventilation.

    There is much more that can be done using active systems to heat water and to generate electricity with the right investment. The fastest rate of return (RoR) is incorporating solar hot water heat (12 to 18 months) while installing a solar array can have a 12 to 25 year RoR…. depending on government subsidies.
    Advice from architect and engineer design professionals… as with most professional services… can save you money in the long run.

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