Homeowners can take simple steps that help save some green when going green. Try practical and economical alternatives when making changes to your home:
- Replace your incandescent bulbs with LED lights to save on energy costs.
- Refresh it, don’t remodel it. Use salvaged materials like barn wood for updating.
- Change out old toilets, showerheads and faucets to reduce water waste.
- Purchase power strips and connect major electronics to them. Turning the power strip off when you leave saves on your energy bill.
Are you planning to purchase a new construction home instead of modernizing your current home? Request key green features during the planning process:
- Build small, which keeps expenses and bills lower.
- Install programmable thermostats to manage energy usage effectively.
- Request low-emittance windows to maintain preferred internal temperatures.
- Choose sustainable lumber and energy-efficient lighting.
Are you still looking for more ideas for spending less and being green? Start new habits that keep money in your pocket and help the environment.
- Shop farmer’s markets for produce, which reduces transportation emissions by buying locally.
- Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full.
- Use washable rags instead of paper towels.
- Ditch disposable plastic and refill with stainless steel bottles.
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