Recently, modern homeowners have been uniting over a common cause: energy efficiency. Are you one of them? Green energy initiatives and eco-friendly domestic practices benefit nature – and, they can also benefit your wallet.
Here are five ways you can simultaneously save money and save the environment.
1. Install Solar Panels
Solar power New Jersey has been in the works for over a century; however, it only recently became an economically feasible amenity for the average homeowner. By installing solar panels on your rooftop, you will reduce your carbon footprint. You may also save money in the long term by reducing or eliminating your electricity bills. To help offset the initial installation costs, you can apply for a federal tax credit or a state rebate.
2. Insulate Your Home
Insulation regulates the flow of heat throughout your house. In the winter, it keeps warm air inside; in the summer, it stops heat and humidity from entering your house. It costs more energy – and more money – to comfortably heat and cool an improperly insulated house. So, to lessen your energy usage and your monthly heating bill, double-check that your house’s insulation is intact. Make sure to seal your doors and windows, too.
3. Be Conscious of Your Water Usage
Water is a precious resource. Within your home, you should try to conserve as much of it as possible. For example, try to take quick showers instead of long baths. When you brush your teeth, turn off the faucet. Only run your dishwasher and laundry machine for full loads. There are many small ways to save water.
4. Unplug Your Electronics
Did you know that plugged-in electronics still consume energy, even when they are powered off and not in use? Standby energy, also known as vampire energy, consumes approximately 5-10% of the total electricity usage in residential homes. To reduce standby energy consumption, unplug your devices and appliances when they are not in use. If your electronics have an energy saver mode, enable it.
5. Upgrade Your Appliances
Buying a new appliance may seem counterintuitive in terms of resource conservation; however, older appliance models may use up to 70-90% more power than newer, more energy-efficient models. You do not need to worry about your old appliance rotting in a landfill. Many recycling services accept large appliances; just make sure that the vendor you use is certified and located within the United States.
Being eco-friendly does not have to be difficult. In fact, in many ways, energy efficiency and resource conservation can pad your wallet with savings! Make the switch to “green” living today by implementing these five ideas into your home.