Being a homeowner can be very expensive. It is good to look for ways to save money, and additionally, there are a lot of great ways to go eco-friendly at the same time. Making eco-friendly choices is often more economical as well. Why not help the environment while saving money at the same time? Here are some tips that will help you save money and help the planet too.
Repair, don’t replace
Unless your appliance is very old, consider repairing instead of replacing. Older appliances may not be energy efficient, but newer ones are often worth repairing, and it is far more eco friendly. It is almost always recommended to look into appliance repair before going with a complete replacement. Take for example dryer repair – it is cheaper and easier to get something like a belt replaced than to go with an entirely new machine.
Do regular maintenance
Make sure you keep up with regular maintenance of appliances and other things around your home so that they are efficient and running smoothly. This means just about any appliance or things you use regularly. Make sure you regularly change out your furnace filters, clean out dryer vents, and so on.
Switch out lights in your home with efficient LED lights. These lights are more eco-friendly and will last much longer, and often provide much better quality light.
A programmable thermostat is a great way to reduce energy use. It allows you to set your temperature according to if you are at work, at night, and so on, instead of keeping the temperature set at one number.
Blackout curtains are a very easy way to keep your home cool in the summertime, by blocking the sun’s rays. This way you will not be struggling with rooms getting too hot and having to run the AC more.
Seal up drafts
Check your home for drafts. You may find that you are losing quite a bit of energy through your doors, windows, or other drafty locations. There are many different fixes for this, from draft blockers to ways to seal your windows and even outlets.
Low flow toilets and shower heads
You can reduce the amount of water you use with low flow products. These are easy to find and install.
Less grass, more native plants
By reducing grass, you reduce the need for things like weed killers and watering. Native species are great for the environment, encouraging pollinators as well.