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Easy Steps to a Greener Home

Easy Steps to a Greener Home

Going green is a way many people are choosing to be more energy efficient and less taxing on Mother Nature when building their dream homes.

It takes a tad bit more money on the front end, in some cases, but making time to research green building methods has the potential to save homeowners a considerable amount of money in the long-term. Homeowners should consider going green when factoring in the hundreds, even thousands, which can be saved by implementing just a few changes around the house. Ways to make a new or existing home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly includes these options:

- Programmable Thermostats — Homeowners can adjust the operating times of heating and cooling units on a preset schedule, allowing the HVAC units an opportunity to settle into power-saving mode. Homeowners can save around 10 percent per year on heating and cooling bills by simply turning the thermostat back 10-15 degrees for eight hours.

- LED Bulbs — This is a simple way to save energy. These bulbs are touted to be 80 percent more energy efficient than regular light bulbs. They also produce less heat.

- Low-flow Plumbing — This water conservation method is designed to cut back on water usage in the home, which can save homeowners money in the long-run. For example, energy efficient toilets use approximately 1.6 gallons of water when flushed, compared to older toilets that use around 3.5 gallons. As you can see, it is a significant decrease in water usage, especially considering a toilet uses 26 percent of the water in a home.

- Energy Efficient Appliances — Families, especially those that spend a great deal of time washing laundry and dishes, can appreciate this money saver. Some of the energy efficient appliances offer water savings from 10-50 percent.

- Energy Efficient Windows — During a cold winter’s day, nobody likes to stand next to a window where cold air is filtering through. Average homes might lose 30 percent of its heat or air-conditioning through windows like those, causing energy bills to skyrocket.

- Proper Insulation — Sealing and insulting ducts can improve the efficiency of a home’s heating and cooling system by 20 percent – sometimes more.

Who doesn’t like to save money? It is a wise investment to create an energy efficient or “green” home. Although the savings might not jump out right away, benefits of going green are revealed years to come.

3 comments

1 Terry { 11.22.13 at 10:18 pm }

You turn your thermostat down 15 degrees, I only keep ours at 20 degrees then turn it down about 4 degrees (thermostat set to 15 or 16 degrees) at night.

2 James { 08.07.12 at 5:46 pm }

You can google tickleme plant or find the video and kits to grow them at
http://www.ticklemeplant.com

3 James { 08.07.12 at 5:45 pm }

Great ideas! For the younger generation, I grow TickleMe Plants from seeds. They love watching the leaves fold when they Tickle It and It is a fun way to make them think green at a young age.

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