A big part of being green is making sure your house is eco-friendly. By following the advice in this blog post, you’ll soon have a home that’s energy efficient and green!
Turn Things Off
Most homes will waste energy because they leave things on. What I’m talking about is leaving lights or electrical equipment on throughout the day. Most of the time, you’ll only need your lights on at night, when it’s dark. So, there’s no need to have them on during the day because it will waste energy. Similarly, people leave TV’s and electronics on standby. This means they’re still technically on. You have to turn them off from the mains and unplug them, or else you’re wasting energy.
Many of the items we have in our home will not be eco-friendly. I’m talking about light bulbs, kitchen appliances, etc. But, did you know that you can get eco-friendly versions of these things? Most people will already know about, and use, energy efficient light bulbs. These are a must for every home. But, you can also search for fridges, kettles, microwaves, etc.. that are eco-friendly. If you get some of these items, you’ll be using up far less energy in the home. To choose the best appliances for your home, you should look at their Energy Star rating. This is a rating given to them to determine how energy efficient they are. The better the rating, the better they are for your home! Of course, ones with higher ratings tend to be a bit more expensive. Also, you can buy household products that come with an environmental label. These are also good to have in your home.
Use Renewable Energy Sources
The main problem with our homes is that they tend to use non-renewable energy sources. This isn’t very good for the environment. So, to counter this, you should look at using some renewable energy sources. If you live next to a wind farm, you should be able to get some of your energy supplied through the wind turbines. But, the most common renewable energy source is solar power. By getting solar panels on the roof of your house, you’ll be using the sun’s energy. This means your home will be generating its own heating and electricity, making it far more eco-friendly. You can get a free solar quote to see how much it will cost to get solar panels installed on your home. I think it’s a worthwhile investment, but make sure you can afford it!
Efficient Heating Use
Turning your central heating on while undoubtedly use up a lot of energy. While it’s important you aren’t cold, it’s also important to know when to have the heating on. There’s rarely any reason for you to have the heating on during the summer. It won’t get cold enough to warrant it. If you can find ways to keep your home warm, there’s less need to waste energy having the heating on. Also, if you’re chilly, just throw on some extra layers. Putting a jumper or hoodie on can be all it takes to make you feel toasty again. It saves you switching that heating on!
Pingback: Green Living: It Doesn’t Cost The Earth | MissBlue Blog·