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10 Ways to Make Your Home Greener

Spring is the time of year to take stock of the things most important to us and clean out the junk that isn’t. As the flowers blossom and the water returns to the brook, why not make your house more green as part of your spring cleaning strategy?

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Go Green

Go Green

As spring approaches, it’s that time of year to take stock of the things most important to us and clean out the junk that isn’t. As the flowers blossom and the water returns to the brook, why not make your house more green as part of your spring cleaning strategy?

Aside from this, the cost-savings from investing in energy efficient technology comes with a tremendous return on investment. Even just dialing back your AC by 7 degrees for 8 hours a day could cut your utility bill by up to 10%.

While many people want to go green, they don't know where to turn. Commercial utility consultants offer renewable energy programs, but these are not available to everyone. With these ten tips, you can take your energy needs back into your hands to make your home greener this spring!

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Use LED Bulbs

Use LED Bulbs

1. LED Bulbs

According to a cost-analysis report by the Consumer Federation of America, consumers could save up to $1,000 over a 10 year period by switching from a halogen bulb to LED. Sure, CFLs are a step up from a cheap incandescent bulb, but the mass production of LED bulbs has significantly lowered their price to make them competitive with CFLs. Not only do LED bulbs offer the longest use-life of any other bulb on the market, but also the best lumens.

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Let light in!

Let light in!

2. Let in the Sunlight

Instead of investing in new lights, why not kill them? Take advantage of natural sunlight. Not only does natural sunlight provide a tranquil atmosphere for each room, but sunlight from a window in a north facing room can serve as a convenient space heater.

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Go solar

Go solar

3. Go Solar

Of course, if you want to go green, you can go straight to the source itself. A small solar panel will only cost you a few grand, and the return on investment will become substantially longer over time. Solar panels are designed to work in cloudy and sunny conditions, rain or shine. You can even invest in solar battery backup to sell excess energy to the grid.

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Use smart technology

Use smart technology
  1. Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

HVAC systems account for the largest portion of your energy spend, representing 48% of consumer utility costs on average. With a programmable thermostat, you can optimize your furnace and AC system to provide you comfort when required and reduce their energy load when you not. Programmable thermostats have even become technologically advanced enough to be controlled directly from your phone or mobile device.

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Recycle!

Recycle!

5. Recycle

This tip might seem a little obvious, but maybe it’s time to start organizing your recycling habits this year. Not only this, but you can start researching products that are made from recycled and organic products to help support companies dedicated to sustainability.

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Insulate to minimize energy

Insulate to minimize energy

6. Insulate

What many people don't realize is that they are throwing away hundreds of dollars each year by leaving the door cracked. Air leaks force your HVAC system to operate longer in order to maintain a consistent, desired temperature. Be sure to check the insulation in your house and to seal any cracks underneath windows, doors, etc. for potential air leaks.

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Conserve water

Conserve water
  1. Turn Down the Pressure

This tip involves simply changing your bathing habits. Some simple changes include:

  • Turning off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Turning off the water when scrubbing your hands or dishes
  • Taking shorter showers
  • Don’t take baths

Installing a low pressure shower head is also a good way to reduce water usage, although it may not be the same.

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Garden

Garden

8. Composting

When food scraps end up in the landfill, they release methane and other harmful GHGs into the atmosphere. Cut down on your methane footprint by composting food. Not only does composting enrich soil, but it also eliminates the need for chemical-based fertilizers.

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Use Energy Star to save energy consumption

Use Energy Star to save energy consumption

9. Choose Energy Star

By some estimates, replacing your old AC with an Energy Star AC could reduce your energy consumption by up to 40%. Energy Star provides ratings on all home appliances, with Energy Star certified being deemed highly efficient. While these may have a larger upfront cost, the cost-savings in the end pays for itself and then some.

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Grow Shrubs!

Grow Shrubs!

10. Grow Some Shrub

What makes a house more green than planting some vegetation? Growing a tree or shrub for shade in your backyard can reduce your reliance on the AC. Trees and plants also absorb harmful chemicals and carbon dioxide from the air, providing a healthier home.