How to Boost the Eco-Friendliness of Your Home
|||15 February 2018|
More and more people every day are making changes in their homes and their lives to become green and environmentally-friendly. Boosting and promoting eco-friendliness will certainly help save the Earth and its damaged climate, plus it will save you some money in the process. If you also want to become a part of the green revolution, here’s how your home can become more eco-friendly.
The best, smartest and most cost-effective way to boost the eco-friendliness of your home is to invest in good insulation that will allow you to use as little energy as possible. Insulation will help keep the heat inside your home and cold outside in the winter and do the opposite in the summer. This means a lower heating and cooling bill all year round. The places you should concentrate on the most are walls and the roof, but many people also opt for double-glazed windows and insulated steel and fibreglass doors for extra energy saving.
While insulation can help keep your temperature more constant, smart thermostats allow you to make additional savings through different programming and the ability to learn residents’ habits and preferences. With this smart gadget, you can save up to $200 a year on your utility bills.
Energy efficient lighting
Even though energy-efficient light bulbs aren’t exactly a new thing, many people still use outdated incandescent bulbs. If you still haven’t made the switch, just know that LEDs use much less electricity and they have a much longer life. This means lower utility bills and fewer investments in new bulbs.
Energy Star appliances
You can also replace your old household appliances, especially when it comes to your kitchen. Replace your old fridge, stove and dishwasher with new Energy Star models. These models use much less energy and water for the same task, which makes them energy- and water-efficient and eco-friendly. You might also want to ditch your old pots and pans, especially if they’ve started to flake off or if the material beneath the steel is showing. A pan that’s damaged isn’t as energy-efficient and you might be wasting electricity on longer cooking times. Also, chipped particles of the pan can easily get into your food and maybe even cause health problems. So, if your old cookware needs replacing, you can check out manufacturers like Scanpan who produce energy-efficient pots and pans with a five-layer construction that provides superb heat distribution and shorter cooking times.
Compost and collected rainwater
You can also be more eco-friendly in your backyard. For instance, most of the leftover food can be recycled and turned into high-quality compost. Just put a compost bin in your backyard and fill it with food you would otherwise throw away. Once the composting process is complete, you can use this nutrition bomb to feed the soil and make it excellent for plants. You can also collect rainwater and save it for landscaping. All you need is a barrel that is hooked up to your gutter spout, and you’re practically done. If you have a rich garden that needs plenty of water, a rainwater collection system can save you more than $200 a year.
If you’re very serious about becoming energy-efficient and independent, you can invest in solar panels. Solar energy technologies have never been this efficient and cheap, so it might be the perfect time to buy a few panels for your roof. Even though it takes time for the system to start paying off, you will start protecting our environment instantly. So, install solar panels on your roof, your patio and garage roof and watch the sun illuminate your home and slowly fill your pockets with money you’re saving.
Boosting eco-friendliness at home will help save the environment, save you some money on energy and water bills and also make your home much more inviting if you decide to sell in the future. So, no matter why you’re doing your green makeover, the important thing is that you’re taking action. We are thankful for your effort.
Catherine Collins is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.