3 Easy Tips for Going Green
There are many benefits in making your home eco-friendly, but in beginning, you may feel overwhelmed in beginning this process. The good news is that it’s fairly easy to go green, especially with a few pointers. The process does not have to not even have to entail a lot of work. Here is what you can do to make your home more eco-friendly:
1. Planting Additional Greenery
New neighborhoods in particular may be scare when it comes to bushes, shrubs and trees. Improving the landscaping not only improves the curb appeal and increases the home value, but it can provide extra home security. For example, added greenery can protect your home in the event of a car crash, outdoor fire, etc. You will want to be strategic in where you will plant your greenery (in order to not present any potential hiding places for burglars—especially when it comes to areas such as windows and doors). Installing solar lighting is a great way to illuminate the area at night for extra security protection.
In planting shrubs and trees, you are actually doing several additional things: 1) allowing carbon dioxide to be absorbed. Plants produce oxygen, which overall improves air quality and 2) allowing an area to become a natural coolant—relieving some heat, especially during the summer months.
2. Invest in Solar Power
For over a century, the U.S. has depended on fossil fuels for energy. That can all stop starting now. Solar power isn’t just an eco-friendly trend—it also can save homes money when it comes to utilities. Solar can save approximately 20 percent on a monthly energy bill. Over time, that amount will definitely add up! There are also usually some government tax incentives for going green, which is worth investigating when looking at different solar options.
In addition to savings costs, a solar home reduces the dependence on crude energy consumption, like fossil fuels, which result in greenhouse gases. Since 1990, greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 11 percent. We can’t afford to further pollute the only planet we have! We have a chance to make things right. Solar panels absorb and store power from the sun, to form a fully clean and renewable energy source.
3. Use Smart Technology
First off, it’s important to realize that people spend about 7 percent of their salaries on home energy. Believe it or not, smart technology is eco-friendly. Features such as remote appliance and temperature control allows you to control what goes on within your home with the press of a button. Forgot to turn off the lights or reduce the thermostat, don’t fret; that can all be adjusted with whatever smart devices you have set up. A smart thermostat alone can help you offset energy consumption by nearly 20 percent.
Worried the technology will be too complicated to handle? Smart devices aren’t just for the tech savvy. Usually these come equipped with an easy-to-use interface—a mobile app. All you need is a smartphone or tablet to access your appliances and thermostat for complete control.