You don’t have to tear down your house and build anew or break the bank to make your home more environmentally friendly. You can do your bit in making the planet a better place by minimizing your wastage of energy and water resources and reducing the impact your home and your lifestyle has on the environment.
Good news is this doesn’t mean you compromise on the quality of your lifestyle or make drastic changes on your house or the way you live. You simply adopt more efficient means to live. Here are ways to make your home eco-friendly.
Switching off your lights when they are not in use even for a few minutes saves you a lot cumulatively in energy consumption. Better yet, you can install sensors that automatically turn the lights on and off depending on room occupancy reducing the cost of human errors. You can also have dimmers to control the light intensity as needed.
If you still have incandescent bulbs, then it’s time you replaced them with more energy-efficient LED bulbs. LED bulbs consume significantly less energy and emit less heat further saving you on cooling expenses for your house.
You waste a lot of water by leaving your taps running. You will make savings on utility bills and conserve the environment by using water more efficiently.
Don’t leave the taps running while you brush. Turn it off and on as you need water. There is also a lot of waste if you do your dishes with the water running. Instead, wash your dishes in a basin.
Also, use the shower instead of the bathtub which needs more water for your personal hygiene needs. If you run a lot of water and use more soap before you get any lather then invest in a Shower Filter For Hard Water.
Your air conditioner is one of the major contributors to your high electric bills so use it sparingly. Keep the windows open during the day for natural ventilation and only turn the air conditioner on when you have to.
Close all the windows and doors when your air conditioner is on. It will take less time to attain the desired temperature and thus consume less electricity.
More importantly, always check your home cooling system yearly as you do your home maintenance for any leaks and damages to the insulation.
Better yet, install fans which consume less power for your home cooling needs.
Invest in energy-efficient appliances
As technology grows, so does the energy-efficiency of most common household appliances. Manufacturers are finding ways to develop more energy-efficient products and your old appliances are not only running on obsolete technology but consumes more power.
Worse, as an appliance ages, its efficiency goes down and it has to use more energy for any given task. This is true for your car, refrigerator and pretty much most consumer electronics.
It will pay off in the long run if you replaced your old appliances with better versions which are more energy-efficient.