- July 11, 2012
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4 Ways to Green your Home and Make it more Energy-Efficient
Did you know that the average home gives off more carbon dioxide than the average family vehicle? It makes sense, doesn’t it? There has been such a huge focus on buying the most energy-efficient cars, recycling/reducing/reusing at home and in the workplace, purchasing energy credits, etc. We can make an even bigger commitment to our environment by taking it one step further.
If you have the unique opportunity to build your home from the ground up, or start up a re-model, you should consider making it as energy-efficient as possible. Not only will you be doing something good for the environment, but you will also be investing in toxin-free materials, which will inevitably put your mind at ease as a homeowner. Furthermore, having a green home will cost you less than a more conventional one over time. We have compiled a list of guidelines you can use to “green” your home:
Windows & Doors
Get Energy Star approved doors and windows (double pane if possible) to shrink your home’s carbon footprint. It will also help lower your energy bill by about 7-15% and increase the value of your home.
Your windows and doors determine how insular your home is, so ensuring that they are energy-efficient will guarantee that you will not lose heat and expend more energy to keep your home warm in the winter months. Same situation is applicable in the summer time. Make sure to check for gaps that allow air to escape and penetrate the home. Heavily lined curtains can also help retain the heat and keep the cold air out.
When purchasing refrigerators, washing machines, dish washers, etc., make sure you’ve checked the energy ratings on each. If you can’t afford the “A rated” appliances, consider purchasing them second hand. Remember, it might be a little pricier now to purchase these types of products, but over time you will be improving the use of energy in your home, lowering your bills, and helping the environment.
Older boilers are energy hogs, so you might consider purchasing a new one. You’ll notice a difference, especially if you purchase an insulating jacket to help stop the heat from escaping. You might consider a combination boiler that works as a water heater as well. This way you will have hot water as soon as you turn on the faucet.
Use LED lighting, turn off the lights when you’re not in a room, unplug appliances when you’re not using them (e.g. blowdryer, toaster, electrical razor, etc.). Even if you’re not using an appliance, if it is plugged in to an electrical outlet, it will still extract energy.
Just a reminder that you can enjoy tax benefits from some (not all) Energy Star appliances. Another incentive to green your home!
If you have more ways to green your home, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the space below!