Going Green And Becoming More Efficient In The Home

Our world is fortunately filled with technology and innovation. There are useful apps being released all the time, and technology is at the forefront of the improvement of energy efficiency. It’s now easier than ever to live more efficiently. There is still, however, a large proportion of us that aren’t making use of the latest innovations to live greener. If we all made just one change that is eco-friendly we can make a significant impact on the Earth, our communities and of course, our energy bills. 

 

If you would like to live a little bit greener and become more energy efficient but are unsure how to do this, have a look below for some ways you can do this: 

 

Turn Down Your Thermostat 

 

If you get into the habit of lowering your thermostat, even if it’s just while you’re not home you can reduce your monthly bill and use less energy. You should aim to lower it between three and five degrees while home and ten to fifty degrees while you’ away. This way you can save between five and fifteen percent. A good way of doing this is to set a programme on your thermostat so it automatically changes to the preset temperature. If you’re a little cold you could always complete trial and error and find the ideal temperature for you. 

 

Create A Compost Pile 

 

People often fall into the trap of thinking they need a lot of space to start a compost pile, but this just isn’t true. Compost is when organic waste is kept in a container which compresses and decomposes over time. You can put anything natural in there including fruit, vegetables and hedge cutting as a few examples. It then becomes valuable fertilizer for your garden and lawn and it dramatically reduces the amount of waste that you produce, even on a daily basis. 

 

Look After Your Windows 

 

Ok, so replacing windows can be expensive but if you really need them, it could save you money in the long run, especially if you haven’t upgraded them in a long time. There are much more energy-efficient options available now than there were only ten years ago. Another option is to look as resealing or filling the empty space in the walls around your windows to help prevent drafts, using something like expanding foam is good for this. Sealing any gaps and leaks is a really cost-effective way to help save you money. 

 

Think About Installing Low-Flow Showerheads

 

If you want to improve your homes water efficiency then installing low-flow showerheads is a great way to achieve it. Low-flow showerheads have a flow rate that is less than 2.5 GPM (gallons per minute), while most conventional showerheads are known to use as much as 5 gallons per minute. Not only are you saving yourself costs on your water bill and electric bill but you’re also helping the Earth. 

 

These are just a few of the ways that you can live a little greener and have a more efficient home. Do you have any other ways of achieving this that you can share in the comments below?

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