How to Go Green in Your Home

When it comes to the environment, every little bit counts. You can start to do your part in your home!

Making your house more eco-friendly isn’t just good for the environment; it’s also great for your wallet when it comes to your water and electric bills. Here’s how to get started!

Programmable thermostats

Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-select what temperature you would like your house to be at various times throughout the day. This will ensure you won’t forget to turn off the AC or heat when you’re out or lower the temperature when everyone is sleeping.

Another way to conserve energy is to ensure no air escapes, which wastes AC or heat. You can do this by weatherstripping and caulking.

Light bulbs

Instead of using traditional light bulbs, switch over to CFLs or LEDs. They benefit the environment and your electricity bill!

Energy

If you’re buying new appliances, go energy-efficient. Use Energy Star certification as a gauge for what saves energy. Your energy provider might even have an incentive for making the switch!

Water

There are lots of ways to save water. Put aerators on faucets and low-flow heads on showers. If you’re gardening, use native plants, as they don’t need as much water. In terms of laundry, keep the water cold and the air dry as much as possible.

Compost

Instead of throwing everything in the trash- which ultimately ends up in a landfill and releases methane- try composting! There’s no better way to get rid of your food scraps than this tried-and-true green practice.

Source: USGBC

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