Green on the Inside: Tips to Get a More Efficient House

Green on the Inside: Tips to Get a More Efficient House
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    There are many ways to incorporate green living into your home and daily life.

    Not only do these options often help save money by using less energy, they also help reduce the damage that would otherwise be caused to the environment. 

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If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and get a more efficient lifestyle, check out these easy tricks for your family and home.

Let There Be Light

A great place to start is with your lights and appliances. Start off by unplugging unnecessary electronics when they are not in use. Everything from television sets to laptop chargers can be unplugged to lower the amount of electricity used throughout the day.

Replace all the lights in your home with energy efficient bulbs that reduce annual electric usage and cost. This can also help to get you in the habit of turning lights off and opening a curtain instead. Natural lighting is good for your mental and physical health and can really change the atmosphere of your home.

Crack a Window

On the flipside, if you are looking to cut some costs and reduce electricity usage for the long haul, consider installing new windows or curtains with better insulation to decrease the cost of cooling and heating your home.

Hiring a company like Gilkey Windows can help to catch any old windows have poor seals or cracks that can cause a spike in electric bills if not addressed.

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In the Green

Adding a bit of literal green to your home can be an all-around improvement to your health and home as well. Plants not only improve air quality of your home, but also productivity. Some herbs in the kitchen window or a well-placed ivy plant in the living room can really liven up a space.

Many houseplants, such as the Z plant, can flourish even without sunlight or daily water so they make great investments for even the most forgetful homeowners. Starting a garden or adding trees to your property can increase the value of your property while simultaneously increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you have readily available to add to your diet.

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Washed by the Water

Encourage those in your house to shower with a low flow head instead of bathing. Simple acts like turning off the water to lather, or in between brushing your teeth have a great impact on your overall water consumption. 

Natural or Nothing

Finally, don’t purchase furniture or products made with unsustainable methods or materials. Commit to only bringing in organic or preowned items into your house.

There are a thousand ways to make your home more efficient, but you have to start somewhere. Pick one of these methods to make a change today.

 
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Brook Chaplan

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan