For some, choosing a healthy and environmentally friendly home can be whimsical. For others, it is a necessity. Whatever the motivations that might prompt you to renovate or build a greener home, here are some simple ways to get started. The environment and your wallet will thank you.
Replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs is an excellent way to save energy and make your home more environmentally friendly. They last significantly longer and consume less electricity, which means fewer trips to replenish and fewer online purchases.
It may sound simplistic, but these little things save many ancillary resources such as fuel and packaging while reducing your carbon footprint.
As LED technology improves and democratizes, this type of bulbs becomes more affordable and versatile. In addition to being intended to minimize the impact on the environment, LED bulbs consume less energy, thus reducing your electricity bill.
As technology advances, more and more households turn to home automation solutions to manage their energy consumption while reducing waste and expenses. Some equipment such as motion detector lamps are widely used, but the latest innovations make it possible to achieve a higher level of control and avoid unnecessary energy waste.
Have you ever wondered, after leaving your home, if you didn’t forget to turn down the thermostat or turn off the lights while you were away? This fear may soon be a thing of the past because you can control the energy production in your home with a thermostat. It is even possible to set up intelligent programs to manage the energy bill according to its daily habits. For example, the heating will automatically decrease while you sleep. Not only does this type of system avoid wasting energy, but it also saves substantial money on your electricity bills.
Many people do not like to drink tap water. However, our bottled water consumption habits create countless waste: each bottle is single-use and is not recycled.
Using a water filter for the tap creates less plastic waste. Filtered tap water also means that your drinking water doesn’t stay in plastic for long, leaving less time for the water to absorb the microscopic particles you end up drinking.
Try to reduce the number of paper products used in your home. You can replace this with cloth napkins, dish towels, etc.
A well-insulated house saves vast amounts of energy, and, just like home automation systems, it has the added benefit of saving you a sufficient amount of money. Insulation reduces heat loss in winter and ensures that less fresh air escapes in summer, saving up to 20% on the annual heating and cooling bill.
In the United States, many houses are not adequately insulated and have significant air leaks. By closing up all the air leaks via the holes in the exterior walls, windows, and doors of a medium-sized house, the result obtained is comparable to the idea of leaving a window open every day of the year.
To preserve energy within your home, switch off unnecessary lighting and unplug power strips.
Our team at Oceanside Exteriors can assist you in upgrading your home this year! Give us a call today at (207) 310-7659 or fill out our contact form online. We look forward to assisting you with your needs!