Best Green Home Upgrades Tips!

green home upgradesReady to go green and reduce your carbon footprint? Maybe, you may have already made the switch from a gas-guzzling SUV to a Prius, but there’s so much you can do in your very own home to make it more energy-efficient. Read on for some of the best practical home improvement upgrades to help you reconfigure the way you use the planet’s resources.

The Fastest, Simplest Energy Savers

• Change to energy-efficient light bulbs. Replace all your incandescent bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) lamps or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLS) – both of which provide the same illumination while using 75 percent less energy.

• Unplug devices when you are not using them. Devices such as computers, lamps, and microwave ovens still consume energy (referred to as phantom or ghost energy) even when you have turned them off. Develop the habit of unplugging these gizmos when they are not in use.

Do an Energy Audit

The clearest path to green updates is an energy audit — this will figure out where energy is being wasted, and it will identify which appliances and systems are not functioning efficiently. You will find out if your heating and cooling systems are using more fuel than they should, and you will see what corrective measures can be put in place immediately and in the long-term.

To get an energy audit done you can hire a professional energy auditor, or you can do your own audit with the help of practical checklists. One website you can refer to is the Energy Star website which has several resources for homeowners who want to go green.

Water Saving Contraptions

• Install efficient low-flow water heads on your showers and aerators on your water faucets. These new contraptions will direct water flow better and prevent you from wasting water. You can also begin to use modern toilets with water tanks that use 55% less water per flushing than old models. To keep your water and sewer clean updated and running efficient you should have professional check it out for a potential problems that you might not see. 

• Install a “gray” water recycling system which will gather water from the rain, from your downspouts, your kitchen sink, and non-sewage faucets. This device will divert water so that it doesn’t go into the sewer; the water will then go through a filtering system so that you can use it as gray water. You can use it to water your garden, clean your pavement and perform other chores without using water that can be used for cooking. To keep your water and sewer clean updated and running efficient you should have professional check it out for a potential problems that you might not see. 

Consider Installing a Cool Roof

Your roof can help you save energy if it is able to protect you against the winter chill and the summer heat. Environment friendly roofs should have high solar reflectance; this will reduce the temperature of your roof’s surface by more than 25 percent and you won’t need as much energy to keep your house cool.

To make sure your house remains as warm as it needs to be during the winter months, your reflective roof should be backed up by adequate insulation. This will mean using less energy to keep your home heated.

Sometimes families are reluctant to install green upgrades because of the cost. However, the money spent on these changes will mean savings in the long run. Furthermore, with these household innovations you will be doing your bit for the environment and in the years to come it will pay off in a big way by ensuring and saving our planet for all future generations.

Source: Tim Smith writes for Modernize.

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7 thoughts on “Best Green Home Upgrades Tips!”

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  2. Debra @ MsMoozys Open House

    Great tips… I wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this post on my blog this week at Tuesdays with a Twist link party. Please stop by for a peek. 🙂

    1. Hi Debra,
      Thank you so much for featuring my article. I will make sure I stop by and see some of the other interesting and information posts. I will be sharing “Some Interesting Info About Paloe Diet And Book Review. Have a healthy happy weekend. Marla

  3. Hi Marla,
    These green home upgrades are critically important for all to read and implement. On the heels of the recent Climate Summit, it is vitally important to help people understand how they can easily make green changes that help them to save money while reducing their impact on the planet. Thank you so much for sharing these vital green living tips with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it!

    1. Hi Deborah,
      Thanks so much for hosting this great party and helping to educate people how to help save our planet and live naturally and green. This week I have shared “Naet A Natural Allergy Treatment – What It is & How It Works” Have a healthy happy week. Marla

  4. Nancy Andres

    Thanks Marla for all the ideas about greening our lifestyle. I especially enjoyed the section on cool roofs. Thanks for sharing. Nancy A., who saw this post at the HHGN Blog Hop #40.I’d be delighted if you’d check out my post there too. It’s “How to Save Water, Money, and Empower Yourself.” If you prefer, here’s the direct link

    1. Hi Nancy,
      Thanks again for visiting and commenting. I am coming over to visit your blog and see what I can learn. Have a healthy happy day. Marla

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