7 Easy Ways To Green Your Home
June 30th, 2015
Green living has never been more important than it is today. However, we understand that going green can be difficult and expensive. If you are not ready to go all out green just yet, no problem! Even the simplest act of changing a few light bulbs in your home can significantly reduce greenhouse gases emitted into the air. Here are seven easy ways to green your home:
(1) Use energy-saving bulbs
Although these bulbs don’t give off the warm glow incandescent bulbs do, the savings in energy are enormous. Trading just one incandescent bulb for a fluorescent bulb prevents the emission of over 400 pounds of greenhouse gases. If you are still attached to the calm glow of incandescent bulbs, keep those in areas that you spend most of your time like the family room or bedroom. Save energy by using fluorescent bulbs in areas of your home you don’t spend as much time like the storage room, downstairs bathroom, or laundry room.
(2) Stop buying bottled water
Install a filter under your sink and invest in a wide-mouth stainless steel or BPA-free water bottle with a removable lid (wide-mouth bottles are easier to clean). While it may seem convenient to grab a bottle of water on your way out the door, you will save money, time and energy at the grocery store not having to worry about lugging the giant crate of water home with you.
(3) Recycle dead batteries
Don’t put anything in your garbage you wouldn’t want in the food you eat, the water you drink or swim in, or the air you breathe. Batteries contain heavy metals and corrosive acids that pollute the air, soil, and water. More and more companies, like Whole Foods and Ikea, are taking dead batteries back. So, place all of your dead batteries in a separate bag until it is full, and bring them to the closest store that takes dead batteries back. If you have pets or young children, make sure to keep them stored high away in a cabinet that isn’t easily accessible.
(4) Install a low-flow toilet
Toilets use approximately 27% of the water consumed in your home. Modern low-flow toilets provide ample power while still using only a fraction of water.
(5) Install a low-flow showerhead
If you are someone who likes to linger in the shower (especially during the cold winter months) then you should consider installing a low-flow showerhead. A typical showerhead will use anywhere between 5 to 8 gallons of water per minute, while a low-flow head will reduce that to 2.5 gallons or less with the same amount of water pressure.
You will save in two ways:
- The amount of water you will use while showering
- The amount of energy you are using to heat your water.
The best part about it is that it’s a very inexpensive upgrade, and installation is easy! If you have hard water, we recommend finding a showerhead with a filter built in. The filter will remove any impurities, potential health problems along with removing chlorine from the water (your skin and hair will love you for it!)
(6) Switch to an energy-efficient vent fan
If you depend on a vent fan to keep the moisture in your bathroom at a healthy level, another way to cut down on energy usage is to replace your standard fan with an ENERGY STAR-rated fan. Even if it’s only switched on a few times per day, an energy-efficient fan will provide you with 60% energy savings over your standard fan.
As a reminder, it’s highly important to keep your fan running when you shower as well as 15 minutes after you get out in order to prevent too much moisture from building up in your bathroom.
(7) Install motion sensor faucets
Do you ever keep your water running when you brush your teeth? You are not the only one. Another place where water is wasted at rapid rates is your bathroom sink. Another way to keep wasted water levels down is through installing a motion sensor faucet. The motion sensor will not only keep track of when you actually need water, but it will also keep your bathroom cleaner and prevent germs from spreading in one less area of your home.
These simple changes will dramatically decrease the energy-usage in your home and provide ample health benefits to you and your family. If you are thinking about selling, greening your home will give you a leg up during the home selling process. Living green is a very important element of people’s lives today, and many homebuyers will be looking for homes that are practicing this lifestyle. So, save the planet, and go green!