NACMME

North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Inigo On November - 27 - 2017 0 Comment

While building a green home from the ground up may not be financially possible for everyone, there are many ways to make your current home more environmentally friendly. In fact, even seemingly small changes can save you a lot of money each year.

Eco-friendly living space

Green Renovation

If you’re replacing your hardwood floors, consider swapping traditional timber for bamboo. It’s just as beautiful but has less of an impact on the environment due to its faster rate of renewal. Giving your walls a fresh face? Choose eco-friendly paint formulated with less toxic ingredients to avoid breathing in harmful chemicals and polluting the outdoor air.

Electricity

Opt for power strip extension cords and turn them off when the electronics are not in use. Furthermore, unplug any electronics plugged into the wall that will be out of use for several hours. Your TV can’t watch itself while you’re at work. Similarly, do you need to have that coffeemaker plugged in past the morning?

Rethink your appliances. If they’re outdated and inefficient, swap them for Energy Star qualified appliances, which can use up to 50% less energy.

We know you’ve heard this one before— get rid of those incandescent light bulbs. Not only are they wasting your money, they’re also harming the planet. Instead, choose Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs. Your electricity bill will thank you.

Installing a programmable thermostat can help you save money by simply helping you control the exact temperature of your home. While it is tempting to crank up the thermostat in the colder months, turning it down by a mere 1 degree Celsius can save you up to $60 per year.

Water

Installing a low-flow toilet, shower head, and faucet can save an astronomical amount of water per year, which in turn will save you money. Look for the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense label to ensure your products are the most efficient ones on the market.

We know that the bathroom can be a hot-spot for water waste due to pesky maintenance issues that always seem to get put on the backburner. Leaky taps and toilets are a bigger problem than they seem. They can waste hundreds of liters of water per day and should be fixed as soon as possible.

We know, the washing directions on your favorite shirt specify warm water only. However, washing in cold water can save you up to 40% on your energy bill. In any case, use cold water for as much of your laundry as possible.

If you’ve tried the changes we suggested above but are still not meeting your eco-goals, consider getting a home audit conducted by a professional. They can help you discover holes in your efficiency plan and implement changes that can decrease your bills and your impact on the Earth.

This is a guest post contributed to by Ecotelligent Homes, an energy auditor serving the Metro Detroit area.

Inigo

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