We’re sure you’re already implementing a variety of habits to help reduce your impact on the environment. But have you ever thought about how you can update your house to do so? Below, we highlight five ways to make your home greener.
Avoid Wasting Water
You can conserve water by taking shorter showers, but you may also want to think about installing sink aerators and low-flow showerheads and toilets. Additionally, we suggest fixing any leaks in and around your home. Leaky fixtures and basement leaks can waste a lot of water—and cost you a lot of money over time—so it’s important that you prioritize these repairs.
Choose Energy-Efficient Appliances
If it’s time to replace your older appliances, consider opting for ones with Energy Star labels. These labels mean that the appliances use little energy and water. As a bonus, these machines will lower your energy bills.
Consider Solar Power
If you’re able to install solar panels, we recommend that you do so. Solar panels offer a host of benefits, but most importantly, they convert sunlight into electricity—meaning they have little to no environmental impact. Plus, solar panels pay for themselves over the years, so they’re well worth the initial investment.
Insulate Your Living Space
Don’t forget to insulate all ceilings, floors, and walls within your living space. By insulating your home, you can decrease the energy required to heat and cool your home. Insulation also ensures that your home feels comfortable year-round.
Swap Out Your Light Bulbs
Many homeowners overlook the type of lightbulbs they buy. However, your bulbs can affect how much electricity your home uses. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, select compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or light-emitting diodes (LED), which use much less energy than your typical incandescent lightbulbs. They also last longer—not to mention, you’re sure to notice smaller electricity bills over time, too.