It’s often said that home ownership is an essential part of most people’s American dream, but while it should be, once someone has purchased their dream home (or the best it can afford, etc.), it is important to consider economic considerations and/or challenges, as well as hopefully environmentally conscious and responsible. While there are many options for green housing, this article will briefly review, 7 simple, relatively cheap. environmentally friendly actions, etc. After all, it doesn’t help the environment, in any meaningful way, if one can’t afford to do what is needed and/or required.
1. Energy efficient lights: What type of bulbs do you use? There are bulbs available today which are much more energy efficient, often using less than a quarter of the power required by a conventional bulb. By doing this, you not only save energy costs, but you also help the environment!
2. Turn off the lights: The bane of many parents of teenagers is having to follow them around the house to turn off the lights behind them! Many commercial establishments have installed motion detectors in rooms such as bathrooms, hotel rooms, some hallways, etc., to save money on their energy costs. Turning off the lights is simple and easy, but we often lack sufficient attention to the simplest tasks!
3. Energy efficient appliances: Many older devices are much less energy efficient than newer ones. These include: air conditioners; stoves/ranges/ovens; fridge/freezers; etc Imagine how our environment could benefit if more people tackled these issues?
4. Insulation: Quality insulation reduces waste whether someone lives in a warmer or colder climate. Consider the insulation rating and pay attention to areas where there is often a lot of loss, such as sockets, roofs, etc. In cold weather, less heat would be used, and in hot weather, less air conditioning!
5. Doors and windows: Examine your doors and windows. Are your doors hung properly, and are they manufactured and installed correctly? Are you leaking air from your windows? Are your doors and windows energy efficient?
6. Air leaks: Are there air leaks from windows, doors, air conditioning vents, your attic and/or basement?
7. Thermostat: What temperature do you keep your thermostat at? Every degree you raise the setting in the summer, or lower it in the winter, saves a lot of energy and expense! Statistics show that thermostats are energy efficient, inexpensive to install (pay for themselves quickly) and, therefore, save money.
If we all do our small part, even gradually, we will make a big difference for the better in our environment, while saving a lot of money. Will you participate in this commendable endeavor and effort?