Many homeowners today dream of having a “green” or earth-friendly home. If you are interested in living in a green home and think the only way you can achieve your goal is to start from scratch with a new home you have built from the ground up, think again. There are ways you can retrofit your current home so that you use less energy and reduce the carbon footprint you leave on earth.
With the rising cost of energy, green living only makes sense. You and your family can still enjoy virtually all the amenities of modern life with all those things you need and enjoy like a microwave, TVs, power tools and a computer while using just a fraction of the energy most households use. Here are 3 easy ways to green up your home so you and the environment benefits.
Insulate Your Home Well
One of the most important things to do is make sure your home is well-insulated. A poorly-insulated home uses more energy as warm air escapes from the home during the winter and cool air escapes during the summer. By improving the insulation in your home, you can lower your yearly heating and cooling bill by to 20 percent or more.
Insulating the exterior walls of your home will help maintain an even indoor temperature, make you feel more comfortable and will reduce your heating and cooling costs. It’s also important to seal any air leaks that may be present in your home. Take the time to inspect your house for drafts around windows and doors and check the attic, basement and crawlspaces for areas to insulate.
Reuse and Recycle
There are many items you probably throw away that can actually fulfill other purposes around your home. For instance, those vegetable peels, coffee grounds, egg shells and rotten beans can be used for compost in your garden. When you bring those grocery bags home from the store, which should be paper by the way, don’t throw them away but reuse them instead. Jars and pots can be used to store odds and ends. Newspapers and cardboard make excellent packing material. Old clothing can be made into other useful items like tea pot covers and hot pads. Green living is more than just cutting down on energy usage as it also involves being creative and reusing things that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
A good way to green up your home is to save water. If you want to cut your yearly water consumption in half, attach an aerator to each one of your faucets or install a flow meter so you can measure the exact amount of water you’re actually using.. If you cannot afford to put in new low-flow toilets you can save water by adjusting the float valve wherein less water will flow into your toilet’s tank. Another way to save water is to use a broom instead of a garden hose when cleaning your driveway or patio. You also can save on your water consumption by showering instead of bathing. Did you know that turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth will save you over 4 gallons of water each time? Everyone in your family should be more aware of how they’re wasting water so that new habits are established to help create a more green home.