Many new homes are being built with eco-friendly features..but what if you're home is not new? Reducing your carbon footprint is not as challenging or expensive as you may think. It's possible to save electricity and water with a few minor tweaks such as these:
- Swap out your old light bulbs for LED bulbs.
- Connect electronics to power strips that can be turned off at night.
- Install a smart thermostat. It will only turn on when someone is home rather than cooling or heating your space needlessly.
- Check the seals around windows and doors. If you can see or feel outside air, use silicone and/or weather stripping to block the leak.
- Schedule a checkup for your heating and cooling systems every two years. Appliances work best when clean and well-maintained.
- Line-dry your laundry and avoid using the kitchen oven. These appliances will heat your home during the summer.
- Turn the thermostat up and utilize ceiling fans.
- Water landscape late evening or early morning.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and laundry.
- Swap low-flow rate faucets for those of high-flow, especially in bathrooms where excess water isn't needful.
- Take a shower rather than a bath.
- Purchase new energy-efficient appliances.
- Cover or tint west-facing windows that allow the sun's heat to pass into the house.
With a few simple changes, you can lower your monthly utility bill AND feel good about minimizing the use of precious resources. Comment below with your favorite way to save on energy costs below!