Looking for ways to save money each and every month plus do your part to save the planet? We’ve looked for the best methods and options for going green around the house, backed by science and finances. We hope you’ll enjoy these nine green tips for the home.
Take a look and let us know if we’re missing any of your favorites. And when you’re ready to dive deeper into solar energy, Bright Eye Solar is here to help you cut your energy bills for good.
Check for Leaks and Cracks
Sealing cracks and leaks does dual-duty for our green tips for the home because it can save you on both water and energy. Seal cracks around your windows and doors in order to keep warm air out during the summer and keep it in during the winter. Caulk and weather-stripping can be a great way for you to fill those gaps and use less energy to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
Fixing leaks in your sinks, faucets and fixtures can save water and even reduce the likelihood that your home or apartment will be damaged by water.
Cut Use in the Bathroom
Turn off the water when you’re not using it, like during the lather when washing your hands or when brushing your teeth. Your faucet spits out about 2.5 gallons of water each minute it’s running, and that waste can add up over the course of a year — especially for larger families. It’s also a great green tip for the home for you and your family to reduce the length of your shower or spread out time between showers for lots of water savings.
Buy Efficient Fixtures
Installing energy-efficient fixtures can dramatically reduce your energy usage and your water usage. Energy-saving appliances can generate significant savings, especially in the realm of your washer and dryer, water heater and dishwasher. You can further reduce water consumption by adopting aerating faucets, installing low-flow toilets and buying new fixtures to replace those that are leaking or inefficient.
Choose Solar Energy
Solar panels are obviously our favorite effort that supports going green around the house. Installing solar panels can protect you from rate hikes, create long-term savings and help you do your part to protect the environment. You can save an average of $84 per month on your electric bill by going solar.
Water in the Morning
Water your plants and lawn in the morning so you need less water. When it’s cool out, less water will evaporate and more will be absorbed by the soil and your plants. While the evening is cool as well, watering at night tends to encourage mold, mildew and rot, so stick to the early hours.
Adopt More Fans
Central air conditioning systems use a lot of energy to keep your home cool. Your AC uses more energy to cool a room than a ceiling fan would, so you can use a fan and raise your thermostat by about four degrees without harming your overall comfort. If you use window units, setting a floor fan near your unit will help cool down your home and spread the cool air much faster.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Want one of the better ways to love going green around the house? Turn your thermostat up seven to 10 degrees from your normal cooling setting for just eight hours a day — like those hours you’re at work — and you can cut as much as 10% off your annual cooling costs.
Check Your Equipment
Want to make your equipment run better and use less energy? Keep it up running properly!
Maintaining your equipment and performing routine checks — like changing your air conditioner’s filter — can lower your energy consumption by up to 15%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The evaporator coils, vents and other equipment also need a good cleaning about once a year, and this cleaning can help with your rates, too.
Improve Your Insulation
You’ve got to head upstairs for our final selection in these green tips for the home. Many homes in our area have poor quality insulation in the attic, and this often takes the form of having far too little of it. Increasing your insulation from three inches to 12 inches can actually cut heating bills by up to 20% plus knock down your cooling costs by 10% each year.
Today, it’s really easy to be green — sorry Kermit.