Making your home energy efficient will enable you to reduce your energy bills and other expenses as you preserve the environment. Going green will also add more value to your home and create a healthy environment for you and your loved ones. Here are some of the ways to make your home more energy efficient.
Insulate your house
Improving your home insulation makes your home more comfortable and it cuts down your energy expenses significantly. The most important parts to insulate are your attic, ceiling, walls, doors and windows, as well as the floor. Effective insulation can reduce heat loss by up to 50%. To get started, apply sealant strips to your external doors and patch any cracks and crevices around your windows with a sealer or putty. If you can afford it, replace your windows with double-glazed ones to shave off hundreds of dollars off your heating bill annually.
Use renewable electricity sources
You can save the planet from the effects of global warming by generating electricity in your home. The two most popular options for this are solar panels and small-scale wind turbines. With the recent reduction in the price of solar panels, many homeowners now use them as their main source of energy. If you are interested in adding solar power as a part of your home renovation plan, it is possible to obtain a home loan to cover the installation cost.
When you utilize solar, you will reduce your monthly electricity bill and you can even pass any unused electricity back into the public grid. While the initial investment can be substantial, the savings earned will pay for the cost of the installation. Not to mention the fact that the value of the property will ultimately go up as a result. Additionally, you can also enjoy tax rebates for using clean renewable energy. If you decide to use solar exclusively, you will need to install a battery and inverter system that will store energy for use after sunset.
Use low energy lighting
Replace your old incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs or LED lighting. Installing CFL or LED lighting will cost you more money. But CFLs can give you more than 50% energy savings while LEDs use just about 20% of the energy consumed by incandescent lights. These energy-saving lights also have a relatively long lifespan, with LEDs lasting for as long as 20 years. This makes it a long-term investment that will continue to save you money for years to come.
Switch to natural cleaning products
Most synthetic cleaning products contain harsh and toxic chemicals that can pollute the air and the water in your environment. Fortunately, you can easily choose natural and green alternatives or make your own natural cleaning solution at home. For instance, you can extract natural saponin – an effective natural washing solution and shampoo – from quinoa seeds. Other natural cleaning products include baking soda and white vinegar. If you opt for the commercial version, make sure you check the ingredients on the label before you buy it.
Adopt water-saving habits
There are different ways to conserve both treated and natural water. First, make sure none of your water pipes are leaking. Mending all leaks can save you hundreds of liters of water every week. Next, you should budget for low-flow toilet system and shower heads. Low-flow toilets can offer up to 30 percent water savings every day. You can also save water by setting a time for your showers and harvesting your rainwater. You can install a rainwater collection tank for this purpose. Any water you save from the rainfall can be used for gardening.
Plug your electronics to a power strip
When you are not using your electronic gadgets, they usually go into standby mode. Unfortunately, while in “standby” mode, they still consume energy. To reduce your electricity bills, you can connect all your gadgets to one power strip and then put it off when you are through. You may also use a smart power strip that detects when a gadget has gone into standby mode and cuts off the flow of power. If you are not prepared to invest in a smart power strip, you must remember to switch off the mains supply as soon as the battery of your device is fully charged.
Invest in a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the temperature settings for your home at different times of the day. So you won’t need to expend energy heating or cooling the house when you’ve gone to work. You can even go further to invest in a smart thermostat. This device can be controlled from any location using your smartphone.
Creating a sustainable home is not a very difficult task. With a little adjustment to your habits and a few, select investments in a few energy-efficient gadgets, you can enjoy a healthier environment and make significant savings each year. Quite simply put, the reasons not to go green, are few and far between.