Chances are you don’t need a professional to tell you that your home isn’t as eco-friendly as you would like. All you have to do is open your energy bill each month. Thankfully, there are ways you can lower the cost of your energy bill and make your home greener. Whether you switch to LED bulbs or replace your appliances, you can make a change. Here are five things you can do to make your home more eco-friendly.
Switch to LED Bulbs
You may know that CFL bulbs are much better for the environment than incandescent bulbs, but did you know that LED bulbs are even better? Not only do LED bulbs last longer, but they use a tiny fraction of the energy used by CFL bulbs. The only downside is that they can be rather expensive, ranging from $10-$20 per bulb. However, changing out the bulbs one room at a time can make this green task more affordable.
Fix Air Leaks Throughout Your Home
Chances are your mother yelled at you for “heating the entire outdoors” when you left the door open. The truth is you may still be heating and cooling the outdoors without realizing it. Getting your home checked for air leaks and then repairing those leaks is not only great for the environment, but can also save you a lot of money. Best of all, this is something that’s not going to be too costly. Some energy companies even check homes for free.
Kill Vampire Power
Vampire power is something you must slay immediately. Vampire power is the power that your electronics continue to suck after they’ve been turned “off”. The truth is many electronics don’t actually turn off anymore. Because many electronics are controlled by remotes, they are in a constant state of readiness, waiting to be turned back on. One way to easily fix this is to purchase power strips that can easily be switched off. This will kill the power to the electronics without having to unplug each device.
Get Furnaces and Cooling Units Serviced
There’s no denying the fact that getting a furnace or cooling unit serviced acan be costly. However, if there are problems, you may be spending much more in energy costs than necessary. This is not only costly for your wallet, but the environment as well. Be expected to pay around $1,000 for this service.
Replace Your Appliances
Another costly, but great way to make your home more eco-friendly is to replace the older appliances in your home. For example, refrigerators and freezers can suck a lot of energy. When shopping, look for appliances that use the least amount of energy. Another tip you can use is to purchase smaller appliances. If it’s just you and your partner, chances are you don’t need a refrigerator that will hold enough food for a large family.
It’s not complicated to make your home more eco-friendly. There are a number of easy tasks you can complete that will make your home greener.
About the Author: Jeffry Cipponeri is a home repair specialist. When he’s not fixing door thresholds or window molding, he’s looking for ways to conserve energy and make his home less stressful to the environment.