Make your home more eco-friendly while saving money
Going green should not be considered a trend – paying attention to the environment is our duty! Unfortunately, making your home greener is often undermined by budgetary limits. Contrary to popular belief, however, being more eco-friendly doesn’t have to make a huge dent in your budget; there are cheap ways you can make your home friends with the environment. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some tips that will hopefully set in place a more eco-friendly mentality.
Regardless of the season, improperly insulated homes consume way more energy than we think and with good reason. Although it is quite logical that we want to keep the warm air in during colder months, we often forget that keeping it out in the summer is equally important. Opting for proper insulation means that your A/C won’t have to stay on 24/7 and that you can set it to eco settings, without compromising your comfort. To sum it up, you’ll be spending less energy and reduce your electricity bills, too.
No matter how well your house is insulated, it can still be drafty. If you are a proud home owner, investing in fixing your windows and doors to prevent drafts is always a smart choice. It will lower the need for turning the heat on which will save you money further down the line. Getting a draft snake, or turning it into a DIY project, and placing it underneath doors or at points where the windows meet the sills is a great solution!
Turn Everything off
There really is no excuse for keeping the lights on all the time. For example, by making a habit of turning every light in empty rooms off, you’re both contributing to the green cause and trimming down your energy spending. The same goes for computers, television sets and other appliances. If you are forgetful and often accidentally leave the lights and appliances on, you can invest in a technology that lets you connect all of your electronic goods to your smartphone – meaning that you can turn anything on or off with just a touch of your finger. Also, unplug all the appliances you are not using every day because, even when they’re turned off, they still waste energy.
While making sure that you keep the lights on only when necessary goes without saying, you can do even more by opting for environmentally-friendly bulbs. LED lights are truly amazing and, even though they are more expensive than the regular ones, they do pay off in the long run. CFL bulbs aren’t as efficient as LEDs, but are definitely more eco-friendly than the regular ones. Also, they are a perfect choice if you can’t afford to go LED all the way.
If you live somewhere where there’s plenty of sunlight throughout the year, you have a perfect solution when it comes to energy. Using solar power instead of going with electricity helps preserve our environment a lot. If you are up for it, browse the Internet for the best solar panels on the market. While it is true that they are a bit costly, they will significantly lower your electricity bill.
Shower more eco-friendly
Water is our most treasured resource – or at least it should be. Unfortunately, people are spending it very carelessly, and this has to change as soon as possible. However, talking about changing things is much easier than actually making those changes. Many people are concerned that, in order to reduce the water usage, they will have to sacrifice their comfort. This, of course, is far from the truth. Yes, you will have to make some slight adjustments, but you’ll get used to them very quickly. By buying a shower timer, you can control the amount of time you spend in the shower, and by reducing it by only three minutes will save you an unbelievable amount of water. Of course, you’ll be spending much less water, so your water bill will benefit from this too!
These green fixes will help you make your home more eco-friendly, without creating a big hole in your budget. In fact, if anything, you’ll be saving on your water and electricity bills! All it takes is some investment and a bit of dedication and you will feel better, and so will our planet!
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