While there are many ways in which to go green, these are just a few quick and easy cost effective things you can do to lessen your homes impact on the environment, and save you some green on your home’s next utility bill.
Upgrade Lights to LED or CFL
According to Energy Star, about 12 percent of an average energy bill for a typical single family home goes towards lighting. Simply replacing incandescent lightbulbs around your home with light emitting diode (LED) or compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs will easily and cheaply reduce your energy consumption. On average these bulbs will use 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs, and last 10 to 25 times longer than incandescent lightbulbs. As a result, this will reduce the number of bulbs that ends up in landfills – how awesome is that.
Seal Gaps Around Doors & Windows
If you live in an older home, chances are that there are gaps around doors and windows around your house. All of those gaps during a typical summer in Miami can add up to a higher electricity bill. Adding weather striping around doors and windows around the house will prevent wasteful energy expenditure and can save you up to 10 percent on your bill.
Fix Leaking Toilets & Sinks
Leaking toilets and sinks may seem insignificant, but over time they waste a lot of water. 10 percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day, and the average household’s leaks can amount to 10,000 gallons of water wasted a year, according to the EPA. If you have leaks, stopping them will make your home more green. an unexplainable spike in your water bill may be a very indicative sign.
Install Low Flow Shower heads
A conventional shower head uses between 3 to 4 gallons of water per minute; some older conventional shower heads use approximately 5 gallons of water per minute, which adds up quickly when you have multiple people living in the same house. Installing low-flow shower heads will reduce consumption to 2 gallons per minute, and cut your water bill down. Also, because low-flow shower heads use less water, they reduce demands on water heaters, adding more savings to your energy bill. But you don’t have to stop there; installing low-flow toilets and sink faucets will also significantly reduce consumption through out the house.
These are all very easy and affordable ways for the average homeowner to make their homes greener. Going green a few small steps at a time can make a huge difference on the people and world around you.