Ways to Go Green While Saving Green
Happy Earth Day! Celebrated in more than 193 countries, Earth Day is an annual event to celebrate support for environmental protection. Protecting the environment starts at home, and at Homes.com, we want to help you help conserve the world around you! Not only can going green protect the environment, but it can also save you some cash. Check out these tips on how to go green while saving green at home!
1. From garden to table
Farm-to-table? Try garden-to-table instead! Edible gardens are an excellent addition to any home. Not only are they a way to have quick access to healthy foods, but they also save you some of your hard-earned money. Having a garden at home reduces the time and costs associated with buying fruits and vegetables from your local market. Instead of going to the grocery store, fresh produce is now within walking distance. Edible gardens can even increase the value of your home. In fact, they have the potential to raise your property values up to 28 percent.
2. Save the trees
One of the easiest ways to improve your ecological footprint is to cut down on paper products. Using disposables for dinnerware and silverware can be convenient, but it also takes a toll on the environment and your wallet. Ditch those disposables! Reusable dishes and napkins are environmentally-friendly and add character to any meal. And while you’re at it, make sure to use natural, eco-friendly cleaning products such as baking soda, vinegar, or lemon juice to wash your dishes and other household surfaces.
Save trees by going paperless. Technology has made it easy to handle all your information and documents online. Instead of mailing your bills and other documents, use online payment options and email.
3. Money Pits
If your home isn’t properly maintained, there could be many undetected money pits. A/C and heating make up one of the most costly monthly expenses for homeowners. To keep costs low and save energy, make sure to regularly replace your filters and clear the vents of any debris. Also, make sure to have annual maintenance to ensure everything is running smoothly.
Don’t let leaky pipes and faucets drain your money. Leaky pipes can wreak havoc on your house by wasting more water which can increase the monthly water bill. Be sure to check for any leaks in your plumbing. If you happen to identify any leaks, there are plumbing patch kits available at your local hardware store. You can also simply use waterproof tape or even epoxy paste to patch holes which can help prevent further leaks. For any major leaks that are lurking in your home, be sure to contact a professional plumber to help identify and solve the leak. By doing this, you’re not only saving money, but also conserving water!
Many appliances use energy even while they’re turned off. These always-on appliances rack up your electricity bill unknowingly. While not in use, try unplugging items to save some energy, or consider buying a power strip so you can control the energy flow.
4. Stay cool for the summer
With longer days and rising temperatures, many of us are quick to crank up the A/C. Instead of shelling out money to the electric company, try some eco-friendly alternatives! Sunlight is naturally attracted to darker colors so if you have a darker roof or darker curtains, you could be welcoming unwanted heat into your home. Try upgrading to lighter curtains and exterior paint, and if it’s time to replace your roof, opt for a lighter shade of shingles.
During the day, keep your blinds and curtains closed so the sun doesn’t heat up the inside of your home. Also, make sure to use ceiling fans to circulate the air instead of using A/C.
Investing in a smart home does not only make your home more convenient or unified, but it also can help you save some money as well as benefit the environment. When you invest in a smart thermostat, you are creating an automatic way to cool and heat your home. A smart thermostat controls the temperature even while you are away and uses the weather information from the internet to judge the perfect temperature from your home by using as just the right amount of energy.
Forgot to turn off the lights? No worries. Another smart way you can save some money is by investing in smart lighting and motion sensors. That way, you have the ability to turn on and off lights in your home wherever you go. With this being handy, you will be able to have more money in your pocket by cutting down the electricity bill.
When shopping for new appliances, be sure to look for the “Energy Star” logo. This ensures that the appliance is using the least amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The reduction of these emissions can save you hundreds in energy costs. To see how much you can save, check out Energy Star’s energy savings calculator.
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