There’s plenty of talk recently about going green. With the recent advancements in technology, households could very well save thousands of dollars each year by making their home more eco-friendly. And if that’s something that you’re interested in, then you’re at the right place.
In this article, we will look at the 5 things that will not only save you money but make your home more eco-friendly. So with all that said, let’s jump straight in.
Line-Dry Instead Of Using the Dryer
Plenty of households have dryers that are very effective in drying clothes after washing. But did you know that dryers can be very cost-ineffective? Especially if you have an older dryer, you can expect your energy bill to be much bigger. One way to save money and be more eco-friendly is to line-dry. Seeing that we’re well into the spring and summer months, the weather is nice enough to dry our clothes for us.
Replace Incandescent Lightbulbs With LEDs
Every home has incandescent lightbulbs. But they are from an age long gone and nowadays there are plenty of better options for lighting the home. This is where LED lightbulbs come into play. LED isn’t new tech but it is very eco-friendly and can save you hundreds of dollars on average. The math says that LEDs consume, on average, 75% less energy. If we compare an LED and incandescent bright flood lamp, LED uses only 12 watts compared to the 50-watt consumption of incandescent lightbulb.
If you want to save money and make the home more eco-friendly, then switching from incandescent to LED is a no-brainer. Who knows, maybe you’ll use the saved money to remodel parts of the home.
Buy More Reusable Items
Throwing things is our specialty. Once we use up something, we rarely look to give it a new life and purpose. Instead, we throw it away. But instead of doing that, you can try to find another purpose for the items you keep throwing away. We make all kinds of new, reusable items through innovation. But you don’t need a label to tell you that you can reuse an empty water bottle.
There are hundreds of home items that you can reuse. This will not only save you money, but you’ll be doing the right thing. Instead of polluting the earth, why not reuse the home items that can be reused. If you’re having a hard time determining what home items can be reused, here are a few of them: glass jars, gallon jugs, newspaper magazines, plastic bags, clothes, and many more.
Going paperless is quite possibly the best thing you can do to save the environment. Paper is made from wood. Naturally, we chop down trees to make paper. But we’re seeing all kinds of ecological movements to end the use of paper. More so, companies are also getting on board with this idea. This is probably because paper costs money, so companies would rather stop paying for it if they have the option.
But how does going paperless solve stuff like paying bills? Well, online banking is getting more and more popular. Whenever you need to pay your utility or phone bill, you can do it online. This is one way of going paperless, but there are many more. You could unsubscribe from any magazines and catalogs and instead switch to a digital subscription. You could recycle as recycling is essential for an eco-friendly house. In addition to all that, all kinds of apps solve key issues with paper. We all know how important pen and paper can be when making a shopping or a to-do list. Well, there are apps that allow you to do just that.
So not only will you be making your home more eco-friendly by going paperless, but you’ll also save tons of money. It’s important to also mention that some businesses will even offer you discounts for picking this option.
Better Insulate Your Home
To be more eco-friendly, we have to reduce our carbon footprint. While this might seem insignificant, it actually isn’t. By doing your part, you will be making a change. A small change, albeit, but on that matters. And what’s the best way to reduce your carbon footprint? By properly insulating your home.
Insulating is a worthwhile investment as it essentially means you’ll be losing much less heat in the winter and much less cool air in the summer months. Some estimates say that proper insulation saves you 15% on your energy bill. There are plenty of ways to do this. You could replace your old windows with new ones, cover leaks, fix drafty doors, seal the air leaks in your attic, and many more.
What’s important to remember is that you’ll not only save plenty of money but also reduce your carbon footprint.
There are plenty of other small things you can do to make your home more eco-friendly. Add to the fact that you’ll also be saving plenty of money and we have ourselves a real plan on how to make our home that much better. Lastly, we hope that our list of 5 things will help you do just that.