In many ways, choosing to improve the environmental-friendliness of your home is also economical. Below you can find ways to keep you and your family healthier, both physically and mentally, while also saving money and natural resources.
Replace Your Lightbulbs With LED Bulbs
Switching out your CFL or incandescent bulbs for LED bulbs is one of the easiest switches you can make. It gets easier every year as newer bulbs light rooms more evenly, come in a variety of light types, and the price generally falls somewhat.
LED bulbs last at least 3x as long as CFLs. They also use roughly 1/3 less electricity, on average, and result in a lower electricity bill, per year and over the lifespan of the bulb. Compared to a CFL bulb, LEDs also light better and may make rooms and colors appear brighter, even at a similar output.
Weatherproof Your Home and Stop Leaks
You want your home to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Most homes achieve that by using some form of climate control like a heater or an air conditioner. By sealing leaks and weatherproofing your home, you help these systems run more efficiently.
You also improve the insulation of your home and help it retain or block heat in the appropriate seasons. For example:
~ Shades of any type can help block light, heat, and drafts once installed.
~ Weatherstripping should be replaced once it starts losing spring and bulk or seems to be “cracked.”
Maintain Wells, Drains, and Tanks
If you have a shallow well, drainage tank, or water collection site, you should make sure that it’s in good working order. Sealing up and cracks before they turn into a serious issue will help ensure that any investment you have made in these systems was well-made. If any debris has built up to be more than you can handle alone, hi vac services may be able to help.
Have Houseplants and Manage Them Well
Houseplants may improve indoor air quality and reduce stress. To maintain your houseplants, you’ll have to water them. Using the same water, you have rinsed vegetables in or leftover coffee that has been watered down can help your plants stay healthier by providing trace nutrients as well as reduce wastewater accumulation.
Make the Most of Automation and Digital Options
A Programmable Thermostat can help reduce costs by maintaining just the temperature you want at a given time of day. Dishwashers and laundry machines can often be programmed to run during the night or at other “off hours” or non-peak times, reducing the strain on your local power grid and lowering your power bill.
Allow Nature to Do Some of the Work for You
Natural light can help heat your home during the cold winter months. It can also provide a good source of illumination- no need to turn on the electric lights if your curtains and shades are open. Line or air drying your dishes and clothes is another power and water-saving option.
Tizzy Says…Save the trees. Save the Earth. We are the guardians of nature’s birth.