In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing easy ways to make your home more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly! You’ll be surprised how some simple changes can set you and your family on the path to greener living. Did we mention that you’ll be saving money on your energy bill while shrinking your carbon footprint?
5 Easy Changes for a Greener Home
How many phone chargers, hair dryers or kitchen appliances do you have plugged in right now? Your appliances are rarely turned off; they’re often just in standby mode. Make an effort to unplug appliances and electronics you’re not using. Make it a little easier on yourself by investing in new power strips, either with an on/off switch or a built-in timer. See where you’re draining power with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Appliance and Electronic Energy Use Calculator.
Lower Your Water Temperature
Don’t worry; we’re not suggesting cold showers! Lowering your water heater’s thermostat from the manufacturer’s setting (usually 140°F) to 120°F can save energy and money without affecting your lifestyle.
Stop Your Heat Leaks
The winter chill is becoming a distant memory, but we’re sure those high energy bills are harder to forget. Weather-strip your doors and windows to keep warm air in during winter and out during summer.
Program Your Thermostat
Do you know if your thermostat is programmable? Adjusting the settings can help lower your energy bill in winter and summer with a few simple steps. If you’re ready to upgrade, try an energy saving smart home thermostat from companies like Nest, Ecobee or Honeywell.
Light Your Home Efficiently
When you were a kid, nobody warned you that choosing a light bulb was going to be so confusing! Find out which light bulbs in your home are sucking up power and what types of energy-efficient lighting choices you have at energy.gov.
For homeowners serious about investing in technology to lessen your home’s negative impact on the environment, here are five big changes you can make. Be sure to conduct an energy audit on your home before deciding on any big upgrades!
5 Big Changes for a Greener Home
- Power your home with rooftop solar panels.
- Replace old appliances with newer, energy-efficient models.
- Make sure your home is well-insulated.
- Install new windows to replace old, leaking ones.
- Upgrade your water heater (learn more at energy.gov).
Let us know what steps you’ve taken to go green and what you plan to change in honor of Earth Day!