Going green and protecting the environment doesn’t have to be expensive. Making some small changes around your home can add up to substantial energy savings. Some changes can also save you money each year.
Here are a few ideas to help you reduce your impact on the planet and lower the cost of your energy bills.
Look at ways to reduce your water consumption
Start with your water consumption. With an aerator, you can use less water when you take your daily shower. Dishwashers and washing machines may consume large amounts of water, too. If your machines are several years old, consider upgrading to newer models.
Find ways to reduce your power usage
Always run your washing machine with a full load. Smaller loads may not save as much energy as washing fewer loads. Additionally, choose energy-efficient lighting options: Replace incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. LEDs are about 90% more efficient than traditional light bulbs. You can also recycle LED bulbs to reduce landfill waste.
Consider installing solar panels on your roof or in your garden
In recent years rapid advances in solar energy technology and government schemes have made installing solar panels a cost-effective option for many homeowners. What’s more, as the price of energy has rocketed, generating solar power and using it yourself gives a far bigger saving now than it used to. However it’s still essential to run the numbers before paying out to have them installed as the cost of the units combined with installation is expensive. Check for local solar installers and get a few quotes to work out whether it’s something you can consider.
Choose planet-friendly products
Harsh home cleaning solutions can produce greenhouse gases; opt for homemade cleaning solutions instead. Lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil are useful cleaning agents you can use throughout your home.
Service your airconditioning regulalry
Your home’s heating and cooling systems require energy to operate. You want your family to be comfortable all year long, but if you’re noticing increases in your energy bills, it may be time to upgrade your HVAC system. While this replacement is an upfront expense, you’ll save money on HVAC energy costs each year. Proper maintenance is a critical factor in keeping your system running as efficiently as possible no matter its age. Schedule semiannual checkups before the cold winter months and sweltering summer weather.
See the infographic below for more details on how to save energy in your home.