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Energy and water conservation have been important discussions over the past decade. With such big issues, it can be difficult to know how to incorporate important habits into our routines. But conservation shouldn’t mean changing your entire way of life. We’ll look at six easy ways you can conserve water and energy in your home to help save the environment… and your wallet.
Adding these things to your home maintenance list will help you reduce your water and energy usage all year long:
Dirty filters restrict air flow and make your systems work harder, thus burning more power.
Upgrading to a programmable thermostat can help you heat and cool your house at a reduced price and energy pull. Instead of having to adjust every room manually, you can control everything through a central device. Some programmable thermostats even include timers for easy adjustment. It may also help you save on energy and heating if you’re out of the home for work or vacation. On top of it all, this upgrade will help your home’s resell value.
Allowing natural light can help you save on your electricity bill while positively affecting your mental health! Upgrading to energy smart LED bulbs in your lighting fixtures can help save both energy and heat since other bulbs tend to put off just as much heat as they do light. LED bulbs offer the same brightness as incandescent bulbs but produce 70-90% less energy. When leaving a room or the home, be sure to turn off the lights to keep from wasting energy you’re not even using!
Many devices still draw power even when you aren’t using them, such as phone or computer chargers, appliances, and televisions. If the indicator light is on, it means the device is using power.
You can reduce both energy and water usage by making small changes to how you use your appliances. Running only full loads in the dishwasher or your laundry can save water. Using cold water to wash your laundry saves 90% more energy than using hot water. Experts recommend only using hot water to wash your laundry if disinfecting is needed. Air drying as much as possible helps to conserve energy as well. Use clothing racks or laundry lines in the spring and summer to dry your clothes and a dish rack as an alternative to your dishwasher’s drying system.
Along with changes you can do inside of your home, thoughtful changes to your landscaping can also help you live more sustainably. Carefully positioning trees to shade a portion of your home can help save up to 25% of the energy a typical household would use. If you find yourself watering your yard or flowers in between rain showers, incorporate native and drought-resistant plants. Native plants are already accustomed to your area’s climate and natural rainfall. Adding mulch to your garden can prevent up to 70% of evaporation and weed growth by helping plants maintain their natural moisture levels.
Remember, energy and water conservation begin at home! While energy efficient upgrades may seem like large investments, they often pay for themselves in less than a year through your water and electricity bills. If you’re interested in learning more about other energy efficient renovations or home changes, contact us. Our Loan Originators will work with your unique financial situation to get you into the sustainable home of your dreams.
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