Are you looking to add value to your home while being conscious of the environment? If you want to make your home eco-friendly and save money, then read our six ideas for a more sustainable home.
Install a Tankless Water Heater
For a more sustainable home, consider installing a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters are more sustainable because they use 30-50% less energy than traditional electric water heaters. Tankless units heat water only when you turn your faucet on and eliminate the extra cost of storing 40 to 50 gallons of hot water, wasting less energy. Plus, this helps the average family save approximately $100 or more every year.
Buy Energy Star Appliances
Another great way to make your home more sustainable is purchasing Energy Star appliances. For a manufacturer to receive an Energy Star rating, they need to meet specific criteria designed to save you energy and money. If your fridge or dishwasher is more than ten years old, for example, it can use up to twice the energy of a new model. Over time, that can significantly increase your energy bill and hurt the environment. Fortunately, if you decide to buy Energy Star appliances, your local utility provider may offer a free appliance recycling program or even a rebate!
Switch to LED Light Bulbs
One simple solution for a more sustainable home is switching all your incandescent light bulbs for LEDs. LED lights are designed to use less energy and naturally have a lower watt rating, which saves on energy. Using less energy decreases the demand from power plants and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, LED light bulbs will help reduce your electricity bill, and they last longer!
Use a Smart Meter for Your Heating
One of the most significant ways we use energy is by heating our homes. If you want a more sustainable home, consider installing a smart meter for your heating. You can program your smart meter to turn on your heat only at certain times of the day. For instance, you can set it to start before you get home and shut off half an hour before you leave for work. Smart meters will reduce your electricity bill as well as your carbon footprint!
DIY Cleaning Products
There are many benefits to making your own cleaning products. Natural cleaning products mean less chemicals, artificial fragrances, and additives. Plus, it tends to be cruelty-free and safe for the whole family, including pets! Moreover, DIY cleaning products like vinegar, citric acid, and baking soda are more sustainable and better for the environment.
For a simple way to make your home more sustainable, start a compost pile with your food waste. Composting helps you recycle, and it reduces landfill waste making it great for the environment. As a bonus, you can use your compost to fertilize and grow your own food like cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes in the summer.
With these six ideas for a more sustainable home, you’re sure to be eco-friendly in no time. Have fun composting, making DIY cleaning products, and saving all that money on your electricity bill! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the SkyHomes blog for more great tips.