Going green is a way many people are choosing to be more energy efficient and less taxing on Mother Nature when building their dream homes.
It takes a tad bit more money on the front end, in some cases, but making time to research green building methods has the potential to save homeowners a considerable amount of money in the long-term. Homeowners should consider going green when factoring in the hundreds, even thousands, which can be saved by implementing just a few changes around the house. Ways to make a new or existing home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly includes these options:
– Programmable Thermostats — Homeowners can adjust the operating times of heating and cooling units on a preset schedule, allowing the HVAC units an opportunity to settle into power-saving mode. Homeowners can save around 10 percent per year on heating and cooling bills by simply turning the thermostat back 10-15 degrees for eight hours.
– LED Bulbs — This is a simple way to save energy. These bulbs are touted to be 80 percent more energy efficient than regular light bulbs. They also produce less heat.
– Low-flow Plumbing — This water conservation method is designed to cut back on water usage in the home, which can save homeowners money in the long-run. For example, energy efficient toilets use approximately 1.6 gallons of water when flushed, compared to older toilets that use around 3.5 gallons. As you can see, it is a significant decrease in water usage, especially considering a toilet uses 26 percent of the water in a home.
– Energy Efficient Appliances — Families, especially those that spend a great deal of time washing laundry and dishes, can appreciate this money saver. Some of the energy efficient appliances offer water savings from 10-50 percent.
– Energy Efficient Windows — During a cold winter’s day, nobody likes to stand next to a window where cold air is filtering through. Average homes might lose 30 percent of its heat or air-conditioning through windows like those, causing energy bills to skyrocket.
– Proper Insulation — Sealing and insulting ducts can improve the efficiency of a home’s heating and cooling system by 20 percent – sometimes more.
Who doesn’t like to save money? It is a wise investment to create an energy efficient or “green” home. Although the savings might not jump out right away, benefits of going green are revealed years to come.