If you’re an environmentally-conscious person, and you also want to save money, then looking for ways to make your home more environmentally-friendly–while simultaneously reducing energy costs–must be a priority for you.
But even if your knowledge on how to make your house eco-friendly is limited, the good news is that the information in this article will help you out. As you’ll soon see, there are far more things you can do besides simply using normal dish rags more often in instead of wasting paper towels.
Here are the top four ways to make your home more environmentally friendly:
1. Swap Out Your Light Bulbs
If you’re currently using incandescent light bulbs, you’ll want to replace those with a more energy efficient option such as light emitting diodes (LEDs). LED’s not only allow you to save energy, they also last much longer than incandescent bulbs as well. For these two reasons, they will definitely help save on your electricity bills.
2. Invest In Blackout Shades
Blackout shades are designed to do much more than just prevent any light from entering your room. They are also designed to provide your home with proper insulation from outside, which will further help you to save you on energy costs.
Believe it or not, but in most American homes, there is anywhere from a ten to twenty percent loss of thermal energy due to open windows. Blackout shades can help to prevent that loss in your home.
3. Use More Energy-Efficient Appliances
This is a more expensive way to make your home more eco-friendly and save on energy, but if you have any old appliances such as a refrigerator or washing machine and it’s time to replace it, it will be an excellent opportunity to do so with a more energy efficient model.
The simplest way to know if a particular appliance is energy efficient or not is if it is certified by Energy Star, which is a company that determines if products meet a certain level of energy efficiency.
4. Switch Your Thermostats
There’s no need to have the AC or the heat going when you’re not home or don’t need need it, right? This is where having a programmable thermostat can come in handy.
A programmable thermostat will work by regulating the temperature of your home according to settings that you make. For example, you can program the thermostat to make the interior of the house warmer or cooler depending on the time of the day. As a result, you’ll save a lot of money on heat and electricity.
Making Your Home Environmentally-Friendly
These are just an extremely small handful of the many different steps you can take to ensure that your house and property are more friendly for the environment while simultaneously saving you money each month.
What are your favorite tips for making your home more eco-friendly?
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