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How to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly
You can save money on your energy bills while increasing the value of your home.
When you decide to sell your home, all the upgrades you've made will mean more money for your next home.
Home Appraising Group, home appraisers in Philadelphia, says, "Any upgrade to your home can increase its value, but green technology is big right now. It will only get bigger. Pretty soon, a home without smart technology is going to have a hard time selling." Here are a few of the best ways to help the environment and your wallet with green technology.
The Best Ways to Make Your Home Environmentally Friendly
Buy or Build a Home with Sustainable Materials
The best thing you can do is not make a huge environmental impact to begin with. If you don't think about where you are getting building materials and how long they will last, you will end up increasing your carbon footprint significantly.
Bamboo and glass are both sustainable and recyclable, but if you want a more traditional material, make sure it is locally sourced. The impact of transporting materials great distances is immense.
Think about how much space you really need as well. Most large houses are full of unused space. If you only have a large home for the sake of your ego, it might be time to downgrade.
Tiny homes are increasingly popular. If you're looking to make as little impact as possible, this is the best solution.
Granted, a tiny home is an extreme solution. Most people can't live comfortably in a tiny home. However, you can use them as inspiration when you're deciding how much space you actually need to be comfortable.
Make Sure Your Home Is Properly Insulated
Without proper insulation, it is incredibly difficult to keep a home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This will cause your HVAC system to work harder and use more energy.
Make sure all of your walls and the roof of the house is properly insulated. Hot air will try to escape through the roof, and cold air will make its way through the walls.
Windows and doors are major problem areas. Hot and cold air will both escape through any crack they can find, and these areas are often riddled with escape routes. A professional should do this job. They will be able to check the house after they're done to make sure as little air is escaping as possible.
Upgrade Your HVAC System & Install a Smart Thermostat
Speaking of heating and cooling, your HVAC system is probably outdated and inefficient. Smart thermostats are now available that can control the temperature on a schedule, and if you forget to turn the heat off before going to work, you can do so from your phone.
An Energy rated HVAC system paired with a smart thermostat will save you the most on your energy bills and get you the most value on your house when you decide to sell. Without both working together, you won't get as much value, so it's best to invest in both at the same time.
Atatouch offer great New Zealand based home automation solutions that incorporate lots of your homes service functions from lighting and heating to alarms and blinds!
Switch to LED Smart Lighting
Another area where you can save on energy consumption is lighting. LED bulbs use less energy, last longer, and work great with smart lighting technology. They also most closely mimic natural light, which is better for your health during the day.
At night, lighting should become warmer and dimmer. Fortunately, many LED bulbs can be paired with smart lighting to switch from cool, blue light to warm, red light. Smart lighting will also save you even more on your energy bill by making sure no light is on when it doesn't need to be.
Conserve Water & Replace Your Water Heater
Water is a resource we take for granted, but it's important to remember that it isn't a limitless resource. Many people throughout the world are suffering because of limited access to clean water.
The least we can do is be careful about how we use this precious resource. One way to do so is to install low-flow toilets, showers, and sinks.
Toilets are the biggest waste of water. Some people are even going as far as to take care of business outside in compost toilet outhouses to cut water out of the equation entirely.
Replacing your toilet with a low-flow toilet is a good way to keep your level of comfort while cutting down on water use. You might have to clean it more often, but it's a small price to pay to save on your water bill and help the environment.
The Burden Isn't on Us
Residents and small businesses aren't the cause of the climate problem. According to 'The Guardian', 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions. When you factor in all companies, that percentage gets even higher.
It shouldn't be on us to save the planet from these companies that are doing the real damage. The only thing that will save the planet is switching to sustainable energy sources globally.
However, this doesn't mean we shouldn't do anything to help. We will have to set an example for these companies in order to get their attention.
In order for this kind of massive change to happen, it has to be popular. We can start making it popular at home.
What are you doing to help make being environmentally friendly popular? Let us know in the comments below!
Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.