Have you ever wondered how to make your home more eco-friendly? Here are four eco-friendly options for your home that will be good for the environment (and for your pocket!).
1. Harness the Sun
Solar power is all the rage and for good reason! Installing solar panels can help cut down your electricity bills and is a more eco-friendly form of energy. While the results may not be instant, over a long term period you should see your power bills decrease. Saving power doesn’t just stop at solar panels! Installing a solar hot water system will continue to reduce your energy consumption while still providing wonderfully hot water for showers, dishwashers and washing machine. Talk with professionals such as Absolute Energy Solutions to see how solar power could save you money on your bills. Another eco-friendly way to save energy? Hang your washing in the sun instead of using a dryer for an inexpensive way to dry your clothes!
Looking for more ways to save on your power? An easy switch or change in your appliances can make a huge difference in your power bills and to the environment. When choosing a new appliance, look for the energy efficiency rating as this will save you money in the long run. Changing an appliance can be as easy as switching to energy efficient light bulbs; they will still bring light to the room but save energy and money. Make the most of each appliance use; use your washing machine and dishwasher with full loads to decrease water and electricity usage.
Do you find your house is boiling in summer and freezing in winter? Before you flick the air conditioner or heaters on, try insulating your home. Insulation is a great way to help your home maintain a suitable temperature more easily while saving you energy and money. There are a few types of insulation such as spray in foams, loose-fill cellulose and batt or blanket insulation. When choosing your type of insulation, try and opt for one that is made from recycled materials for a greener choice. If you live in a high risk area for bush fires, choosing an insulation that is non-flammable can make a big difference in an emergency.
Ever given thought to the floor you walk on? With a great range of eco-friendly options, it may be time to give your flooring some special attention! Cork, bamboo, and even concrete are great eco-friendly options that also give your home great style. Flooring such as cork and bamboo are great substitutes for hard wood and even pine floors but if your heart’s set on hard wood, reclaimed hard wood floors will look just as wonderful. Glass tiles and rubber are great recycled material options that will give your home a unique look while doing its part for the environment.
Going eco-friendly doesn’t have to be hard. Simple everyday choices can help make your home more environmentally friendly. Please share any tips to make a greener home!