How to Save Money By Greening Your Home..
There are many expensive products that will help you go green and save money, such as purchasing solar panels. Luckily, there are many small and cheap changes that can be made to a home in order to be more green and eco-friendly. These small changes can actually save a lot of money and the environment over time. Here are some tips for going green and saving money with little up front cost.
Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
If one of your light bulbs burns out, replace it with an eco-friendly fluorescent bulb (CFL bulbs or LED lights). They only use a fraction of the electricity required for a standard incandescent light bulb and only need replacing every 7 years or so. Fluorescent light bulbs cost a little more than standard incandescent light bulbs, but you will save money due to lower electricity bills.
Use Cold Water Instead of Hot
Washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot or warm water can actually save a lot of money over time. Most clothes that are not very dirty will get just as clean in cold water as in hot water, so why waste the electricity? Also try drying your clothes outside on a clothes line instead of in a dryer.
Eliminate Phantom Power
You have probably learned this one as a child and may need a reminder – turn off the lights when you leave the room. Many household appliances also use phantom power, which is power that is used when the appliance is turned off. To eliminate phantom power, unplug your appliances when they are not in use. You can also plug your appliances into a plug strip and turn off the plug strip. Eliminating or reducing phantom power can significantly reduce your electricity bill and save you money.
Select Energy Efficient Appliances
The next time you purchase an appliance, look at the energy ratings listed on that appliances verses other similar appliances. Select one that uses less electricity, which will save you money.
Change Your Air Filters
Change your home’s air filters regularly. New air filters allow your air conditioner to work more efficiently, use less electricity, and reduce the strain on your air conditioner so it will need costly maintenance less frequently.
Use Ceiling Fans
Use ceiling fans to keep your home cooler. Instead of Air conditioners or coolers.
Check your home’s insulation to make sure it is well insulated. Insulation keeps the cool air inside your home in the summer and the warm air inside your home in the winter passively saving you money. Check your insulation every few years to make sure it is still at appropriate levels since it will deteriorate and flatten over time making it less effective.
In order to make a house more green, you should focus on 4 major elements – making the house lower maintenance, more energy efficient, healthier, and have little waste.
Make the exterior of your house masonry instead of a product that will require painting or regular pressure washing to be lower maintenance. Use flooring that does not require refinishing such as linoleum, tile, or concrete. Use a metal or vinyl alternative fencing instead of wood fencing may need to be replaced every 10 years. Paying a little more up front for a quality product that will not require as much maintenance may save you money in the long run and will aid you in having a greener home.
More Energy Efficient
Select items for your home that are more energy efficient and use sustainable materials that require less resources in order to have a greener home. You can get double paned windows, add more insulation to your home, use low flow water fixtures, plant trees to shade your home and make it cooler, use ceiling fans to lessen the need for air conditioning, power your home with renewable energy such as solar panels or by using a green energy provider, use Energy Star or other energy efficient appliances, use fluorescent or LED lights instead of standard incandescent, use bamboo or cork flooring that is more renewable than new hardwood flooring, and have a drip sprinkler system that is more efficient than a standard sprinkler system.
Use organic linens, an organic mattress, organic bedding, chemical free rugs, organic cleaning supplies, and no VOC (volatile organic compound) paint in your home to make it more green. Use a door mat to keep some of the dirt out of your home which will require cleaning less often. Open your windows to let fresh air inside since most homes have a higher air pollution inside than the outside air of most cities. Add potted plants to the inside of your home to help clean the air.
A green home has little waste and recycles as much as possible. Reuse materials you already have, recycle materials you no longer want, and purchase recycled materials as much as possible. Refinish your kitchen cabinets instead of buying new. Vintage and antique accessories add warmth and individuality to a home.
So these are a few tips that are easy and not very expensive to keep your house Eco-friendly and help you save money in the long run.