Going green can be beneficial for the environment as well as you monthly living expenses! With a few changes, your home can consume less energy and help your wallet. You don’t have to make major changes such as solar panels but you can start with energy efficient appliances or insulated building materials.
1. Heating and Cooling
Home automation can be a cheap way to get started. This means turning off the AC in the summer or not running the heat when you are out of your home during the winter. You can have your thermostat connect to your phone and set preferences when to lower or raise the temp of your home. A favorite thermostat is Nest which can be purchased for your home. The goal is not having to remember when to raise or lower the temp and have it automated.
Older appliances are energy vultures! Newer smart models are much more energy efficient. Sure, they cost more upfront but will save you money long term! You could purchase a refrigerator, smart tv, laptop, or washer/dryer set and see your energy usage drop.
3. Solar and Power
Solar panels use natural energy from the sun. But, did you know, a home consumes most of its energy at night!
You could also make changes such to lower water consumption with faucet aerators and a low flow shower head. Just don’t go too low from your current output. Also look into energy efficient lighting with CFL or LED lights. These last a very long time!