Everyone likes to save money, and you’ll get a double bonus if the way you maximize funds is to add some environmentally friendly products and appliances to your home. Here are some ways you can bring the green to your home.
If you are looking for some fast and easy ways to lower your energy bills and other expenditures, there are dozens of simple changes you can make. Here are just a few.
- Swap out incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescents.
- Turn your organic garbage into valuable compost that can fertilize your garden and yard.
- Turning down the thermostat and put on a sweater.
For a slightly bigger investment of time and money, you can look for opportunities to make a wiser shopping decision. These aren’t items you buy all the time, but when you do plan for bigger purchases, you can be mindful of these factors.
- Gently used furniture is a great option. Furnishing comes complete with a great patina, and no new resources are used to manufacture the items.
- If you have to purchase brand new items, look for those made with eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton and nontoxic glues.
For the rare occasions that you might be working on a home remodel or addition, be mindful of the types of materials being used in the construction.
- Insulation made from recycled newspapers or cotton fabric that has been treated with a flame retardant is a great choice for new construction or even reinsulating an existing home.
- Many municipalities have facilities for recycling used paint into new. At the very least you can use new paint that’s labeled low VOC.
When it comes to whole-house energy efficiency, there are a couple great systems you can add to your home.
- Ductless heating and cooling systems allow warm or cold air to be delivered directly to each room for increased efficiency.
- Tankless water heaters supply on-demand hot water to each room in the house without the need to constantly heat a huge reservoir.
Every 10 years or so, you might have to swap out your washer, dryer, and possibly other appliances. When it comes time for replacements, there are two great options.
- Choose a high-efficiency washer that uses less water. Consider line-drying as many clothes as you can.
- For your other household appliances, always look for options that are Energy Star rated.
With some thoughtful choices about eco-friendly items, you can reduce the carbon footprint of your home.