The world is changing. We’re beginning to realize that our actions affect those around us and that while we’ve become accustomed to the conveniences that the modern world offers, we still need to be cognizant of its effect on the environment.
We could start by making a few small changes in our daily lives, which include creating a more energy-efficient home. Not only will this benefit our world, but it will also have a positive effect on our pockets.
Decrease your water usage
Thankfully, this doesn’t mean that you need to convert to a shower-once-a-week lifestyle. It actually means swapping out your current fixtures, like faucets and showerheads, for more water-efficient options.
You can even change your toilet system to use less water than your current model.
Take care with your thermostat
This means lowering the temperature while you’re not home during the day or at night while you’re sleeping. There are even programmable thermostats available to take out the hassle of doing this manually.
Seal your windows
This is done through the process of caulking. Essentially, it means sealing off any gaps between your window and the frame. You won’t have to worry about cold air getting inside during winter and cool air-conditioned air escaping in summer.
Wash with cold water
We don’t mean taking a cold shower every day. We’re actually referring to your washing machine.
Switching from hot water to cold water will really make a difference in your energy consumption. Just make sure that you use a suitable detergent.
As a side note, a lot of manufacturers are producing energy-efficient appliances such as dishwashers. This could be something to consider for the future.
Switch your lighting
This is a simple fix that involves swapping out your incandescent bulbs and even your compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs as these actually last longer.
While not the cheapest change, it is, arguably, the most effective. By installing solar panels, you’ll get the benefits of traditional electricity while saving costs in the long-run as well as reducing your dependence on fossil fuels.
Because of the cost, this is a decision that requires careful thought and consideration but it could be worth it in the end
Contact us today to find out how we can make your home more energy-efficient and save you money in the process.
Twelve Steps to Affordable Zero Energy Home Design and Construction
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