6 Tips for Going Green at Home for the DIY Enthusiast
Posted on Dec 26 2011 at 11:43:45 AM in Real Estate
With the growing concern over green efforts, more and more ecologically friendly practices such as pre engineered metal building kits are coming out of the woodwork. These things are no longer just habits of tree hugging hippies. Eco friendly practices are now becoming more and more of a general concern with the growing awareness of global warming. From the corporate world to the homes of the average person is becoming as common as bringing the trash out every week.
Homes everywhere are becoming more environment conscience. Some people have even invested a lot of time and money to converting their homes into green homes. Although this would be great, the average homeowner can do their own part to make their homes environment friendly by being friendly to their wallets too.
Here are five tips for your home which can not only help the environment, but cut your costs, making it easy for both the environment and your wallet.
1. Set your thermostats
Spending a little time with your thermostat can end up saving you at least 10% on your electricity bills and saves the environment as well. Just set back your thermostat when you're sleeping or when you're at the office or away and you're all set. No pun intended. All you have to do is to set your thermostat to 62 degrees F in the winter and 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer to save a little more on energy while you're not at home.
You can program the thermostat to return to your temperature before you get home. This way, you'll never even feel the temperature change while saving on energy costs. It also helps to pick out Energy Star qualified thermostats in order to save even more.
2. Cover up those pesky air leaks
Did you know that the biggest waster of energy in the home is the all too familiar air leak? Luckily, this pesky problem is not big at all. Actually, it's quite easy and cheap to fix compared to other house related problems. Make sure to put in weatherstripping and caulk to get rid of those annoying drafts and make your home feel a little more toasty. It's definitely easy, cheap and pretty anybody can do it. You just have to do some minor detective work in finding those leaks around doors, windows, plumping, electrical outlets, in the attic and pretty much anything that has a crack or hole.
3. Get a HVAC checkup
Maintaining your HVAC is crucial in maintaining an efficient and healthy cooling and heating system in your home. It is advised that you get a tune up from an expert once every two years. This will run you about $100 but the savings will definitely outweigh the costs. You'll end up saving 5 to 10 % on cooling and heating bills monthly. Also make sure to replace or clean out your filer every month. Airflow is blocked by dirty filters and greatly hinders the efficiency of the cooling and heating system, wasting your money. All these steps not only save you electricity but because of increased efficiency, they save the environment as well in addition to improving the air quality in your home.
4. Use less water
Saving water is just as important as saving on heating and cooling costs. By installing faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads, you save resources wihout losing water pressure. A family can save up to almost $300 a year just my installing an efficient showerhead. These things cost less than $15 and installation is pretty easy. These are definitely a good investment that are low cost.
5. Go plant a tree
This may take awhile to actually reap benefits unless you're planting a grown tree already, but planting a tree is as green as it gets. You're helping mother nature out by increasing plant life while providing shelter for the animals in your neighborhood. Trees can also give shade and can lower your cooling costs by 25%. Take that another step further by planting two and when they're grown you can tie a hammock in between and enjoy nature at it's best.
6. Better Utilizing Building Resources
One of the busineses that use the most resources is the construction industry. They produce tons of excess that goes into landfills. One of the best things any home remodeler or contractor can do, is invest in pre-engineered buildings, that produce much less excess materials and are eco friendly.