No, I don't mean a new color scheme. Turning your home green can be a simple tweak of lifestyle. It is a series of minor changes in your home that will better fit the environment. In the greater sense, we only have one home, the Earth. Ensuring we do our part of caring for it will help secure our future on this planet. Here are some ways you can turn your home green.
Improvements In Your Home's Structure
Insulation is a big part of energy consumption. If your insulation is not of good quality, you may lose around 30% of either heating or cooling from your home. Check your home's insulation to lock in more of the target temperature within your home.
Lighting is also another vital aspect. Turning off unused lights may seem mundane, but they do make a difference. Also, ensure you use energy efficient light bulbs that reduce heat and electricity consumption.
Fill Your Home Responsibly
You may think of smart appliances that help reduce electricity use, but filling your home responsibly also includes furniture. Avoid using furniture that breaks quickly and is replaceable. This just ends up as trash and fills landfills. You may want to invest in furniture that lasts. You may even try using furniture made of reclaimed wood or other eco-friendly materials.
As mentioned earlier, appliances are also a big part of this. Not just with the kind of appliance, but with the type of use. Appliances and electronics on standby mode still consume electricity; you may want to unplug them instead. Wash full loads of your laundry and dishes as they will use up almost the same amount of energy for partial loads.
Use Water Wisely
Clean water is a resource easy to take for granted. Open any faucet, and you have it readily. However, it is a fact that clean water is a precious resource that should not be wasted. Ensure all leaks in your home are fixed immediately. Avoid water wastage and encourage responsible use. A quick shower uses half the water of a regular bath. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. These are just small ways you can save water.
Being responsible for your home is a great way to help protect your environment. After all, who else will protect our planet than us? In the same way, get the protection your home deserves. At Mauser & Tobin Co., Inc., we work hard in making sure that our clients are well-protected with policies that they can afford. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact our agency at (516) 747-0171 or Click Here to request a free quote.