Living an Eco-friendly Lifestyle Starts at Home
How green is your house? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, residential use accounts for more than one-fifth of the nation’s total energy consumption. Adopting an earth-first, energy saving mindset will let you make adjustments around your home so that you can feel good about your family’s contributions to protect the environment.
Improving your home’s energy efficiency is not only good for the planet, it’s good for your wallet. After all, wasted energy is money lost in monthly utility bills. Numerous factors influence a home’s energy efficiency, or lack thereof. Air leaks, outdated appliances, or inefficient heating and cooling systems can all negatively impact your home’s energy usage.
Correcting any structural issues can go a long way toward making your home more efficient. Give your home a thorough inspection to identify and repair leaks and cracks around windows, doors, and duct work. Remember that poorly sealed attics and basements are also common culprits of energy loss.
Appliances and major systems
Upgrading your appliances and temperature control systems also helps drive more efficient energy use throughout the house. Look for ENERGY STAR-certified products, which are designed to save energy without sacrificing on performance. Where possible, make purchases that will perform double duty, such as high-efficiency washing machines that can save on both energy and water usage. Weigh the benefits of propane-powered appliances in your home as well. Gas ovens, for example, heat up faster than electric stoves, wasting less energy.