Earth Day: Eco-Friendly Home Tips

by | Apr 10, 2024 | Blog

As we approach Earth Day on Monday, April 22, it’s important to remember that while the global challenge of caring for our planet may seem overwhelming, there are meaningful steps we can take on a smaller scale to create more eco-friendly homes.

With this in mind, we thought we would share some practical ways for you and your loved ones to contribute to Earth Day. Every effort counts, and by working together, we can collectively make a significant impact.

10 Ways to Make Your Home Greener this Earth Day
1. LED Lighting

Replace incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs, Residential LEDs use at least 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.

2. Insulation

Insulate your home to improve energy efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs. Proper insulation helps maintain a consistent indoor temperature, preventing drafts and reducing energy waste.

3. Energy-Efficient Appliances

Choose ENERGY STAR-certified appliances as they consume significantly less energy than traditional models.

4. Smart Thermostats

Install a smart thermostat that learns your habits and adjusts temperatures, optimizing energy usage.

5. Solar Panels

Check whether you can generate your own clean and renewable energy by installing solar panels, which can lower your electricity bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Plus, solar panels may qualify for a federal tax credit.

6. Water Conservation

Fix leaking faucets and install low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets to save water. You can also collect rainwater for your garden and landscaping with buckets or a rain barrel.

7. Seal Air Leaks

Seal gaps around doors, windows, and other areas where air might escape, further improving your home’s energy efficiency.

8. Utilize Window Coverings

Approximately 75% of window coverings remain in the same position throughout the day when they could be helping you heat or cool your home. In winter, open morning window coverings to let the sun warm your home, especially those in direct sunlight. In summer, keep window coverings closed to reduce heat and only open those not in direct sunlight to let in natural light.

9. Composting and Recycling

If you haven’t already, set up a recycling system in your home for plastics, paper, glass, and aluminum. Also, consider composting your kitchen scraps and garden waste, which can also be turned into fertilizer.

10. Use Sustainable Materials

If you’re renovating your home soon, choose sustainable building materials such as reclaimed wood, recycled metal, and energy-efficient windows.

Remember, eco-friendly practices not only benefit the environment but can also lead to cost savings due to lower energy bills and tax incentives, like the Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit.

Hope this list provides helpful information for you and your family! Please feel free to reach out if there is anything we can assist with this spring. In the meantime, Happy Earth Day to you and yours!

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