Homeowners all want one thing: to save energy. As a homeowner, you know how expensive it is to keep the energy flowing. Plus, energy prices are nearing an all-time high, which doesn’t help. So, saving energy is akin to saving money, and that is essential. There are plenty of ways to save energy, but the best one is transforming your home into an eco-friendly environment. The thought of going green might not sound appealing, but it will when you realize how much money it will save. Plus, an eco-friendly house does its bit for the environment. If you don’t know how to make the change, this post will help. Here are several tips that you need to know when it comes to going green.
Recycling is a no-brainer, right? Well, not for everyone because plenty of homeowners don’t recycle. Even though they create tons of waste each year, they don’t feel as if they need to for whatever reason. Don’t be one of these people. For starters, the amount of waste you create has a direct effect on your home. But, it also has an effect on the environment. The more you prevent from going to the landfill, the better for the planet.
Grow A Vegetable Patch
Every ‘green’ home has a vegetable patch, and you are no different. If you want to think of yourself as a green warrior, you need to cut down on your shopping bill. With regards to the planet, growing food means you don’t need to contribute to greenhouse gases. Cows are one of the biggest contributors to these gases, and that is because of the demand for meat. If you switch to veg and grow it in your back garden, the greenhouse effect will decrease. With regards to your bank balance, you will save a fortune on groceries. Growing fruit and vegetables doesn’t cost much as the maintenance is cheap.
Turn Off The Lights
Every homeowner, in someone in the home, is culpable of leaving the lights on when they leave the room. You might not realize, but this is costing you a fortune in energy. Light bulbs are easily the least energy-efficient appliance in your entire house. Quite simply, they make as much heat as they do light. If you leave them on, they will go through energy like a hot knife goes through butter. It is only a small change, but it will decrease the demand for fossil fuels and for you to remortgage your house!
Or Put Them On A Timer
Thanks to technology, you can set the lights to come on as and when you need them. Obviously, that means you can regulate their use and reduce wastage. To do that, you need to install a timer. A timer will switch the lights on at the exact time that you set. The money for the timer is well worth the money you will save from becoming more energy-efficient. Think of it as a long-term investment instead of a short-term gain.
Switch Off All Of Your Appliances
Light bulbs are one example, but there is a bigger picture. The bigger picture is that all house appliances are heavy on energy. If you want to go green, you need to cut down on their use. One great tip is to switch them off at the socket. Most people don’t understand that not using an appliance doesn’t mean it is still live. As long as there is a connection to the circuit, the energy will flow and cost you money. Turn the switch to ‘off’ or take the plug out completely to make sure this doesn’t happen. There are appliances that you can’t turn off, and they need turning down. Take the fridge as an example. Instead of setting it to its highest level, turn it down to a low one.
Invest In A Thermostat
The spring is here, and the weather is getting warmer. But, that doesn’t mean that it is red hot by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it is still cold, especially at night. That means you are still going to need to use the heating until summer arrives. And, that means that you need to regulate its use in the same way you can with the lights. Instead of using a timer, though, you use a thermostat. A thermostat works in the same way, but it is a different device. Set the temperature and the time you want it to come on, and it will work like clockwork. Over the years, they have saved homeowners a fortune as boilers are notoriously inefficient.
Buy Eco-Friendly Appliances
If your appliances are costing you money, you need to make a switch. Nowadays, there are plenty of makes and models that will provide the right kind of energy-efficiency. From fridges to washing machines and coffee makers, they all exist. The only way to get your hands on them is to buy them from a supplier. Yes, this will cost you a bit of money because they aren’t cheap. But, again it is about the long-term investment. Eco-friendly appliances save money for the future as opposed to saving money in the present. Alternatively, you can buy used or second-hand appliances to cut the initial cost.
Replace? No, Repair
Never replace an item if you can repair it and it works. Today’s society is all about quick fixes and taking the path of least resistance. The result is that homeowners don’t even bother trying to repair items anymore – they just replace them with a newer model. Forget about that tactic because it isn’t efficient. Instead, try and figure out how to repair it so that it works again. If you can do that, you can get a few more months or years out of the appliance. You don’t have to do it alone, especially if you don’t have the skills. Take it to a pro and ask them for a quote. If that quote is cheaper than replacing it, go for the repairs.
Going green doesn’t have to be hard work or complex. If you follow these tips, it will be easy.