There’s no doubt about it; the planet is warming up thanks to the increase in greenhouse gas emissions caused by an ever-expanding society.
Everything we do requires energy in the form of electricity, gas, or alternative sources of power. And while the industrial and transportation sectors consume the most power, residential applications aren’t that far behind.
If homeowners and renters alike were more intentional about creating a sustainable home by making simple, eco-friendly choices, we can see a huge decrease in the amount of power wasted and emissions released.
So what are the simple things you can do to create an ecofriendly home? And how can you enjoy energy cost savings at the same time? Keep reading below to discover your new ecofriendly lifestyle.
If you’re a smart homeowner who plans to live in your current home for a long time, then investing in solar panels is one of the best things you can do to lower your carbon footprint.
Updated Windows and Doors
If your home was built in the last decade or two, you might be okay here. But older types of homes are often in desperate need of new windows and doors. Both windows and doors can result in large amounts of energy loss.
The outside air is getting into your home, and vice versa. One of the best ways to seal up your home and prevent energy waste, saving money long-term, is upgrading to new windows and doors.
You can also apply window films to help block UV rays from entering your home, while still allowing natural light to filter through.
Add More Insulation
Along with windows and doors, your attic insulation is probably in need of an update. So much energy is lost through the ceiling and roof due to inadequate insulation.
Have an expert inspect your current level of insulation. A simple addition can be a cost-effective way to make your home more efficient.
Swap Old Appliances
Have older appliances? They probably use more electricity and water than is necessary. Look for deals on new appliance sets and upgrade when you can.
While you’re at it, you can also upgrade your thermostat to a smart thermostat. This lets you set specific temperatures and timeframes for your AC or furnace to run. You can also control your settings from an app on your phone.
This is also a great time to hire smoke alarm services to ensure you have enough alarms in your house to keep you safe.
Use Less Water
Using less water in your home is easier than you think. For one, install flow restrictors to your sinks. Less water comes out, but at a higher pressure, so that it’s still functional.
You can also swap to an efficient showerhead and toilet.
Likewise, you can update your landscaping to get rid of water-hungry plants. Instead, choose native plants and flowers that are drought-tolerant and won’t need you to water them.
Enjoying your Sustainable Home
Many people refuse to make energy-efficient upgrades because they think it requires a sacrifice of comfort. But with modern practices, you can create a sustainable home that’s actually more enjoyable and comfortable than ever before; a win-win.