Making Your Green Home a Reality
The trend of “going green” with everything we do in our daily lives is ever-growing. Those who are looking to buy a home are interested in efficient, environmentally friendly homes, and homeowners have even been interested in learning about ways to make their homes greener as well. Maintaining an eco-friendly home is attractive not only because it’s better for the environment, but also because it will reduce your energy bill. However, a lot of people think this idea appears unrealistic and complicated, and costly. Here are some really simple ways to make your home greener.
Getting the Right Lights
We all know that one of the main things in our houses that we use energy for is turning on the lights. This is an area where a huge effort towards conserving energy can be made. Most of us use what is called incandescent lighting around the house. Incandescent lightbulbs are your normal, every-day looking lightbulbs. These bulbs use 60 watts of power and, believe it or not, only last for 1,200 hours. Considering the definition of incandescent, this makes sense because these bulbs require a lot of heat to make light, hence the wattage they use. A better choice in a light bulb would be a CFL bulb, or a Compact Fluorescent bulb. These bulbs don’t use as much energy as incandescent ones do as they give off light using mercury. However, since they contain mercury, they’re not very eco-friendly. The smartest bulbs to use while promoting an eco-friendly environment are LED bulbs. LED stands for light emitting diode. In these light bulbs, the diode connects to electricity and produces photons, or light. Since this is such a simple process, not a lot of electricity is required, which is why these are the best option when trying to conserve energy. There are no chemicals involved, making them environmentally friendly as well. These bulbs only use 10 watts of power compared to the previously mentioned wattage involved in the usage of incandescent bulbs, and they last almost 42 times longer at 50,000 hours.
Cool off With an Efficient A/C System
Another thing to consider when becoming eco-friendly within your home is the A/C system. The common way to run air conditioning through the house is with a Conventional A/C system, or Central Air Conditioning. When a conventional system is present, there will be a central unit that distributes air conditioning through large air ducts. Since these air ducts are large, they require a lot of energy, and they are to blame for 30% of energy loss. The more environmentally-friendly route to travel with air conditioning is using a Split Ductless system. Instead of delivering air through ducts from a central source, there are multiple units throughout the house. This allows the homeowner to only use the air in rooms where it’s needed. Less energy is used because the air doesn’t have to travel throughout the house from a single source. This system is 300% more efficient than Central A/C and other systems.
Using Water Wisely
The way we use water is also a huge factor in the eco-friendliness or our homes. Most homeowners have conventional toilets, which are your everyday toilets that have a lever on the side to push down to flush. The material in the toilet bowl draws waste on to it instead of immediately flushing it out, therefore using a lot of water. These toilets use three gallons every time they are flushed. However, there are eco-friendly toilets that use much less water when flushed. Dual flush toilet bowls don’t have the siphon material that conventional bowls do. When these toilets are flushed, waste immediately gets pushed out of the bowl. Less than a gallon is used in most cases when flushing dual flush toilets. Homeowners save $6,000-$9,000 a year when using the eco-friendly option.
Eco-Friendly Water Heaters
When making sure we have hot water for cooking, laundry, dishwashers, and showers, tank-less water heaters are the more environmentally-friendly option. Tank-less heaters don’t store and heat water in a tank 24/7; instead, they heat water only when needed with a heat exchanger. These water heaters can be up to 34% more efficient than conventional ones (hot water tanks).
It can be a very simple process to transition your home into an eco-friendly home. The above options will not only decrease your energy bill every month, but you will also be joining the movement to help save the environment. Remember, these items might appear to be costly at first, but they will pay for themselves as your energy bill lessens.