More and more people across the globe are starting to adopt an environmentally-friendly mindset. That is great news, considering the amount of effort they are willing to take to help contribute to a sustainable environment. Not only that but, being environmentally friendly can help people save a lot of money as well. In other words, it is a win-win situation. In other words you need to turn your house into a Green Home!
If you want to join the large group of people adopting this mindset, you need to start from your own environment. That is, of course, your home. The first step into becoming an environmentally friendly person is to have a green home. So here are six ways for you to turn your home green.
Don’t waste your water
In most cases when people think about saving the environment, they will think about saving electricity. And it is understandable. Electricity is a major factor in saving the environment. But so is water. When it comes to saving the environment, you need to be holistic.
Starting off, make sure that there is nothing leaking around your house. Fix those broken old pipes, replace anything that might be too old, with environmentally friendly materials always, and start saving during the simplest chores. Don’t let the water running when you are shaving or brushing your teeth. Also, replace your current showerhead with a low-flow one. This will help you save hundreds of liters every year.
Get that smart meter
What is the one thing inside your house that causes you to use up most of the energy? The answer is simple of course. Heating. Heaters are necessary but they use up a lot of energy. And a large portion of that energy can be saved by simply using a smart meter.
A smart meter can be programmed. If you make sure that it turns on before you get home then your house will already be warm when you arrive. You can program it to turn off an hour later or when the house reaches a specific temperature. Smart meters will help you save a lot of energy!
Use solar panels
Why use electricity to warm up your house or water when you can use the sun? By installing solar panels you will be reducing the consumption of electricity while powering up your house. Solar panels are a long term investment and it could take all the way up to 20 years for you to break even, but you are not just doing this to save money. The environment comes first.
Change the lightbulbs around your house
Energy-efficient light-bulbs are a great way to make your houses environmentally friendly. They use a lot less energy than regular lightbulbs and their lifespan is longer. They really are a great choice to help you make the shift.
Insulate your house
Heating up your house during winter or cooling it during the hot summer months consumes a lot of energy and money. Insulation will help you keep the warmth or cool inside the house thus eliminating the need to spend more energy and more money to do it over and over again. It is a great way to save energy and in the long run it will save you a substantial amount of money!
Get advice from sustainability consultants
Every house has different needs and not every house can become green the same way. As the homeowner, you need to talk to a sustainability consultant. They can provide you with analysis as well as ideas for the most efficient way you can make changes around your house.
These six are just some of the any different ways you can reduce unnecessary energy consumption around your house and adopt an environmentally friendly way of living. There are more things that you can do and more information that you can collect.
European programmes like the BIMclay project will be able to provide you with more information as well as reports that will help you understand the need to go green and the right ways to do so. Turn your house green and help save the environment!