Do you know you have a CARBON FOOTPRINT?
Whether you’re looking to remodel or build a new home entirely, keep in mind to plan an eco-friendly household. Carbon footprints, the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere based on your actions, are thought to contribute to climate change and can be reduced starting at home. We at HomeStyling Design can help you with an energy-efficient design for your construction project.
In the meantime, note 6 Easy, cost-effective Ways to reduce your home’s carbon footprint on your own.
Replace old light bulbs, the energy waster of our time.
Incandescent light bulbs have been the common light source in houses for many years and have become the dinosaur of our time. So, as they burn out, replace them with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs. These types of bulbs use up to 75 percent less energy and can even last longer than incandescent.
Unplug, unplug, unplug…
Even when not in use, many electronic devices continue to consume energy if they are plugged into a standard electrical socket—especially cell phone and laptop chargers. Try plugging your electronics into a power strip, which can be turned off when not in use.
Adjust your thermostat and enjoy your savings and comfort
Keep your heating and cooling systems tuned—don’t adjust them to be too high or low. Use a more even heat. A programmable thermostat will adjust temperatures automatically according to a pre-set schedule. Check out the U.S. Department of Energy for more thermostat tips.
Seal your home with weather stripping, caulking, or installation to save on heat and air conditioning costs.
Water Usage: change some old habits
Use cold water as much as possible, especially in your dishwasher and washing machine, to save on the energy it takes to produce hot water.
Brush your teeth without running water the whole time.
Set your water heater to “vacation mode” when gone for extended periods of time.
Drink tap water to reduce the disposal of plastic bottles.
Consider water-saving showerheads and faucets, and conserve as much as possible! Your energy server may even trade showerheads with you.
Go Solar 🙂
Consider installing solar panels to the roof of your home—this would be an initial investment, but will save on energy bills in the long run, and could pay back over time. Because of her solar panels, one of our Clients says she loves watching her electric meter literally go backwards because of power going back to the Grid and dollar credits going on her electric bill.
Green Appliances for pride in ownership
When choosing large appliances such as refrigerators, furnaces, or air conditioning systems, make energy efficiency a priority. Pay attention to the lifespan and energy usage rather than just the price. Energy Star labeled products are known for being highly eco-friendly.