One of the reasons why so many homeowners in America are sympathize with making their homes green is because they have realize that with some worthy improvements they can considerably lower their energy and other household bills and live happy without forgoing too much of their comfort, besides being part of the global ecological chain for beneficial changes to the environment.
If you are about to move to your new home you can still take action to add or improve these green features and have your own eco-friendly home.
Meet here some simple ways to make your home more eco-friendly:
Install programmable thermostats
You’ll save energy. Perhaps you are already aware of this but for those who don’t you should know that costs of heating and cooling represent nearly 50% of total energy consumption in the house. When you switch to programmable thermostats you keep a better level of comfort indoors and save more money when you’re away from home, sleeping, or on vacation. Some even allow you to program different temperatures during the week and on Saturdays and Sundays.
Use LED lights or compact fluorescent lamps
At first they can be an investment, but eventually you will spend less since they produce less heat and last much longer than traditional light bulbs. You can save 80% of your monthly electricity consumption.
Insulate your interior
Winter is just around corner! This will prevent both cold and heat escape and will make your home more efficient. You can use silicone to seal window glasses that might be loose and plugging cracks, or fix doors with sealing tapes.
It is very normal to buy paper towels to dust off any surface in your home, but this is not friendly to the planet, or your pocket. Imagine all the money you would be saving if you invest in rags, dusters and cloth wipers that you can wash and use again and again. Join the challenge Do It Yourself and buy cloth and flannel felts, cut them in square and decorate the edges with a contrasting thread.
Grow plants indoor
Surely you’ve ever heard about the benefits of having plants at home, but perhaps you have made excuses as not having enough time for watering or space. These green friends purified the environment through the process of photosynthesis and can improve your indoor air quality considerably. Don’t hold back this beautiful action, you can always find a corner near the window or somewhere with sufficient lighting around your home.
Acquire eco-friendly cleaning products
As the phrase goes “Those little things make a big difference”; there is now a wide range of cleaning products which compounds are not harmful to the environment and of course, to one’s health. You can also replace some products for baking soda or vinegar which are natural ingredients that you can give them different cleaning uses without any problem.
These home improvements are just a few of the many that exist to turn your home into an ecological and sustainable space. I hope you may implement these fruitful changes that will help you save money and live in the most comfortable way.