Green Home Improvement
Simple Ways to Make Your Home More Green
- Use CFL bulbs in all of your lights - It will save 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions if you substitute 1 incandescent bulb for a CFL one.
- Turn off the lights - If you or family members are forgetful, you could also try movement sensors. Lights left on are doing absolutely nothing but wasting energy and your money.
- Use power strips or socket extensions - Turning these off when not in use can save you lots of energy. Many appliances and electronics use power even when they are not on.
- Open your blinds - Having your blinds open the day will heat your house up and therefore will require less energy to heat it.
- Turn your thermostat down - You can save a fortune by turning your thermostat for your heater down by just one degree.
- Use rugs on hardwood - Hardwood isn't too good at keeping heat inside so throwing a rug over your hardwood will save you energy.
- Insulate attic and install an attic fan - Your attic gets MUCH hotter than your house does. It also loses heat much quicker than the rest of your house. Having a properly insulated attic will keep a tight seal on your house that will save you tons on energy.
- Keep refrigerator in shade - This often goes overlooked but having your refrigerator in the sunlight heats it up and causes it to work double time.
- Decide what you want before you open the refrigerator - Standing in front of the open fridge just cools down your house and warms up the refrigerator.
- Compost old food - Composting kills two birds with one stone. It reduces the cost of your garbage collection and reduces the amount of waste in landfill.
- Use the microwave when you can - It may not taste as good, but the microwave uses half the energy that an oven uses.
- Clean with vinegar - It's a natural cleanser and it works just as good as soap
- Dish washing - Don't pre-rinse, always run a full load, and air-dry the dishes.
- Be green. Literally - Grow plants in your home and improve your air quality.
- Use organic sheets - Cotton bed sheets account for 25% of the worlds insecticide use.
- Energy efficient windows - Windows are a huge part of conserving energy and should be taken into great consideration.
- Turn the water off - When brushing your teeth.
- Fix leaks - A leaky faucet is a leaky wallet
- Low flow toilet - Think about how often you flush the toilet and how much water is used.
- Low flow showerhead - A family of 4 can save over 40,000 gallons of water a year with a low-flow showerhead.
- Shaving - Use a cup of water to rinse your razor as opposed to running the tap over and over.
- Showers over baths - Showers use a little as 14% of the water that a bath does.
- Hang dry clothes - If possible, hang dry your clothes. Dryers cause a large amount of carbon emissions.
- Use cold wash - Washing with cold water uses 40% less electricity than warm water.
- Use Energy Star certified products Energy star washing machines can use up to 50% less water.
- Collect rain water - Collecting rain water from your gutters is a great way to water your yard during dry months for free.
- Compost - Composting can reduce the need for water, fertilizer, and pesticides.
- Home made pesticide - Chopped tomato leaf spray or garlic oil spray are great alternatives.
Major Way to Make Your Home More Green
Solar Panels If you’ve made your home as energy-efficient as possible and are looking even more opportunities to go even more green, then going solar may be the thing for you.
Why Solar Panels? - To put it simply, to reduce your carbon footprint and save an average of $84 a month on your electricity bill.
How solar panels work:
Cost - The national average for solar panels is around $17,000, which is about 60% less than the price was in 2011.
How many panels do I need? - Look at your electric bill to determinw how many kilowatts of energy you use on an average day. Multiply that by .25 and thats about the size of system you will need.
- Wind Turbines
- Hydro Power System
Finding good contractors
If you decide to hire a contractor /service provider to help you please refer to Finding Good Contractors.