Protecting the environment has become a lot more important as we are starting to see the damage that pollutants are doing to it. Green homes are a great way to not only save the planet but also to save you money. There are many different adjustments that can be made to turn a home green and many of them don't cost a lot of money. Those that do may qualify you as a buyer to get a tax credit for making your home more eco-friendly. So how what changes can you make to your home?
Windows can be a large source of pollution. When the windows in your home let air out through small cracks, your AC or heater will be working twice as hard to keep the inside of your house at the right temperature. If they're working twice as hard, they are using twice as much energy as normal. Insulated windows that have been given the Energy Star logo will keep that air from making its way out. These windows also help to keep the outdoor temperature from getting in which reduces your need for climate control even more. There are tax credits available if you install these windows in your home, and some companies will even match that credit when they do your installation.
Appliances are another place where energy could be wasted on a regular basis in your home. Refrigerators that aren't energy efficient play a huge part in the electricity you use because they are always on. Appliances that are used often such as the stove or washer and dryer use a lot of energy for the time that they are on. All of these appliances have energy efficient versions and while these will be a high initial cost it will save money over time.
You can even change the flooring you have to help save the environment. If you have wanted to put in hardwood floors, consider using a bamboo material instead. They look like a light hardwood floor and they are eco-friendly because bamboo is an easily renewed source as opposed to trees which can take decades to grow back. They're also easier to maintain with simple soap and water, cutting back on the chemical products you'd need to use to clean.
Most people have heard of solar panels and thought it was a great idea but too expensive. The thing is, that's not true. Anyone can install solar panels themselves in their home and pay as little as $500 to do so. The solar panels will bring electricity right into your home, and if you get back more electricity than you use you can actually sell it back to the city's power company. Tax credits are available for this installation too, even if you do it yourself.
There are simple ways a person can make their home a green home without having to install anything. You can switch out all of the light bulbs in your home with energy efficient ones. Faucets and shower-heads that have a softer stream will reduce the water you use. You can also start recycling your packaging materials to cut down on your garbage. With so many options on how to go green, it might be hard to pick just one.
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