Since going “green” is very popular in recent years (for all the good reasons), more and more people want to know how can they improve eco-friendliness of their humble abodes. If you also want to join the green revolution and help protect the environment, here’s everything you need to know about going green at home.
Every year, energy is getting harder and more expensive to produce, plus it’s responsible for about 20 billion tonnes of CO2 and up to 90% of greenhouse gases. So, if you want to help conserve energy (and save some money in the process) make sure to invest in Energy Star appliances. They use a lot less energy while looking super stylish.
Switching to LEDs from your basic incandescent bulbs has many advantages. They use a lot less energy, have a much longer lifespan, are more durable and resistant to drops and hits, can operate in very hot and cold temperatures and have a pleasant light color. When you combine LEDs with dimmer switches, you can significantly knock down your electricity bill and boost energy conservation.
Since a lot of water goes straight down the drain before it gets any use or evaporates too quickly, here are some things you can do to reduce this huge water waste. The easiest way to conserve water in the household is to invest in faucet aerators. They control the flow rate from your faucet and reduce the water waste. Also, if you have an old showerhead, the chances are that you're using more than three gallons per minute. On the other hand, new low-flow models can reduce your water waste up to 50% while providing you with the same shower experience. Your toilets can also be more frugal. For instance, low-flow toilets will spend 1.3 gallons-per-flush instead of 3.5 gallons like your old models. You can also save water by changing some of your water-use habits. A dishwasher and washing machine waste less water than washing by hand. And try to remember to turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth and scrubbing hands.
During the home building and decoration stage, try to use as many sustainable and eco-friendly materials. Everything from your roofing and floors to your insulation and furniture can be environmentally friendly. Concentrate on using more reclaimed wood, sustainable bamboo and cork, natural linoleum and recycled glass and plastic. Your furniture can also be eco-friendly. If you invest in sofas with strong steel frames, for example, they will last longer and won’t require quick replacement. Also, you can rely on good and strong ceramics for your bathroom. Look for durable bathtubs and make an investment for a long term quality and eco-friendly benefit. Your home can also benefit from the use of wool carpets, natural stone and hemp linen. All of these materials have a smaller impact on the environment and look amazing in every interior.
Materials used at your home are indeed very important, but so is the insulation. Good insulation eliminates energy leaks and reduces your energy consumption. When putting up insulation, don’t forget to pay special attention to your ceiling and attic where air leaks are the biggest. Make sure your ceiling insulation has the R-value of at least 2.5.
One energy-efficient building element that’s quickly gaining a horde of fans is Energy Star windows and doors. They offer both thermal and acoustic insulation which makes them a very desirable addition to every green home.
Since almost 50% of all electricity we consume in the household is spent on heating and cooling, having an efficient way to keep your home temperature pleasant is very important. Your first step is to invest in an energy-efficient HVAC system that will reduce both your energy consumption and your utility bill. To further boost your savings, you can replace your old and inefficient thermostat with a new smart model. A smart thermostat can learn when to turn your AC or heating on and off, how to regulate your temperature most efficiently and how to minimize energy loss, all of which will help bring down your energy bill.
All of these green living tips will reduce your environmental impact and save you some money in the process. Going green will also provide you, your loved ones and all future generations with a happier and healthier life.