Eco-Friendly Strategies for a Green Home
Green energy is the way of the future: now more than ever, homeowners are becoming conscious of the environment and what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint. Here are different strategies homeowners can use to help make their home environmentally friendly and use less energy.
Use LED Lightbulbs
Light Emitting Diode (LED) lightbulbs have been around for a while now, but they are a tried and true method for making a home just a little bit greener. Not only do LED bulbs use less energy than their CFL counterparts, but they also have a smaller impact on the environment when they’ve been disposed of. LED lightbulbs also use less electricity than normal CFL bubs and last much longer, meaning homeowners get to save money on replacement bulbs and electricity bills on top of helping preserve the environment.
Install Dual Flush Toilets
In order to save more water, dual flush toilets give users the opportunity to choose how much water they want to use per flush. Dual flush toilets are considered high efficiency toilets (HET), which means they don’t use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush, which saves a lot of water when compared to other toilets that can use anywhere from 3.5–5 gallons per flush. Dual flush toilets have two different flush options: a low volume flush for liquid waste, and a high volume flush for solids.
Buy a Smart Thermostat
With the rise of smart technology for the home, smart thermostats give homeowners a way to adjust the temperature at home from anywhere in the world. This means they’ll no longer have to worry about forgetting to turn off the air conditioning for leaving for work. Smart thermostats also have the ability to learn the patterns of the user and automatically adjust based on the time of day or the temperature outside.
Try a Low Flow Shower Head
Showering uses a lot of water. In fact, some shower heads can use up to 5–8 gallons per minute (GPM), especially if it has high water pressure. In order to conserve water, homeowners can buy low flow shower heads that use significantly less water without sacrificing water pressure. Some low flow shower heads use only 1.6 GPM, which is 3–4 times less than a normal shower head. Not only are these shower heads environmentally friendly, but they also help homeowners save money on the water bill each month.
Install Double-Paned Windows
Traditional windows are the cause of a lot of lost energy in homes, so when replacing them, consider getting double-paned windows instead. These windows use two sheets of glass that have a gap between them to create a layer of insulation to protect the home from hot and cold outside temperatures. Double-paned windows can also be up to 50 percent more efficient than the traditional single-paned windows, and that can result in a significant change in the monthly heating and cooling bill.
Use a Water-Cooled Air Conditioner
Currently, air-cooled air conditioners are the most common variety on the market, but homeowners who really want to make their home as environmentally friendly as possible can choose to use a water-cooled air conditioner instead. Water-cooled air conditioners don’t emit exhaust or discharge and they don’t let off very much heat, making them ideal for enclosed spaces in any Austin home. Most water-cooled units are also portable, so homeowners can only cool one room without having to worry about wasting energy.
There’s a variety of different ways homeowners can choose to make their home more environmentally friendly. Even one strategy can make an impact, but the more a homeowner chooses to use, the more visible the impact will be.