Simple Green Home Improvements that Save Money
Energy and water costs are on the rise, not only does this take a huge chunk out of your wallets every month it also has a major negative impact on our planet. In honor of Earth Day, I’m providing some simple improvements you can make to lesson your footprint on the earth at home every day. And no, you do not have to install expensive solar panels or buy the most high-end, energy-efficient appliances you can find to protect the environment, with these basic home improvements a little goes a long way.
Here in California we are facing another year of drought, these tips will help you be more efficient with water all while saving money on your water bill.
Go Low with the Flow
Faucets and showerheads account for more than 32% of household water use combined, according to Energy Star, a government program that promotes energy-efficiency. Switching out your showerheads, faucets and toilets from standard to low-flow options can reduce your water consumption by 50% and can save you hundreds per year on your bill.
Leaks consist of 13.7% of household water use. If ignored, leaky faucets and pipes will not only increase your water bill but they may require expensive repairs and let’s not forget about the drought California is in! It’s suggested that you inspect your faucets and pipes for wear and tear about every six months. If you notice a leak, do your best to fix it right away.
Since tank water heaters radiate heat 24 hours a day, they use a lot of energy. As stated by U.S. News, tank water heaters account for about 18% of your home’s energy use. Going tankless reduces the amount of energy you use and can shave 20% off your bill. Other perks with going tankless? You never run out of hot water, they last longer and it is more compact.
Find and stop some of the biggest energy wasters in your home. Heating and cooling account for more than half of the energy used in the average home according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Insulation keeps your house warm in the winter, cool in the summer and reduces your monthly bill by 20%. Sometimes homes can lack sufficient insulation in the attic and since heat travels up, this presents a huge problem during winter months and allows for cool air to escape during other seasons.
Without a programmable thermostat, you’re not only costing the environment, you’re costing yourself! There is no reason to pay to heat or cool your home when you’re not even there. You can prevent your HVAC system from running nonstop by installing a programmable thermostat. Wouldn’t you love to come home to the perfect temperature? Obviously you’ll be consuming less energy but you will also be saving up $150 per year.
CFL or LED Light Bulbs
If you haven’t done this yet already, you should! Switching to CFL or LED light bulbs is another easy way to reduce your footprint and save money at the same time. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLS) use about one-fourth the energy of a traditional bulb and last ten time longer, they pay for themselves in less than nine months. Light emitting diodes (LEDS) are one of today’s most energy-efficient technologies, they use only 20%-25% of energy and last up to 25 times longer than the traditional light bulb. While more expensive than most bulbs, they save money because of how long lasting they are.
So while it may be easy to get overwhelmed with home improvements, focus on the positive impact you will have on the planet and on your bank account! If you have any questions, contact me today, your Corona/Norco Realtor, In Real Estate It’s Better To Be Seif Than Sorry!
Posted on April 22, 2016 at 7:22 pm by Shannon Seif