Despite what Kermit the Frog famously sang, it CAN be easy being green. The energy-efficient lifestyle is a growing trend across DFW as homeowners look to decrease their carbon footprint and energy bills. Here are seven eco-friendly updates you can make in your own home this year.
TOUCH THE DIAL
First, turn down your heat and air conditioning when you aren’t home. Depending on the season, close your blinds or curtains to keep cool air from coming in during winter and hot air and sunlight during the summer. For those interested in a high tech option, programmable thermostats and eco-friendly curtains can help you lessen your energy use and ultimately, electric bill.
Take a moment to think: how many electronics are currently plugged in at your home? For electronics that don’t have to be turned on during the day, plug them into a power extension so you can turn them all off quickly and easily when you leave. Turn off all electronics when you’re not using them to save both energy and money.
Beyond electronics, conserving water is the next step to take when it comes to creating an eco-friendly home. Consider installing shut-off valves and water-savers, running your washing machine on cold, only using your dishwasher when it’s full, taking shorter showers and collecting rainwater for watering your plants. These tips can help you lower your water bill and save you money.
As homeowners become informed about the harsh chemicals in cleaning products, protecting the health of their household is more important. There are many eco-friendly brands like Honest Company, Better Life and Seventh Generation that make many safe products. A popular alternative on the rise is making your own natural cleaning products.
Feeling guilt tossing your banana peels, egg shells and other food scraps in the trash? Composting is great for the environment and your home garden. Skip fertilizers and use your natural compost instead to turn your backyard into an oasis of beautiful flowers and plants.
“light bulb” moment
Embrace your “light bulb” moment and make the switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. They may cost more initially, but Energy Star certified light bulbs will save you money on your energy bill. Also, don’t forget to turn off the lights when you leave a room.
AUDIT YOUR ENERGY
After embracing the eco-friendly lifestyle, consider scheduling an energy audit. These professionals can evaluate your home and advise you on changes to make for more energy-efficiency.