The average electric bill in 2021 rose by $5 a month to $122 a month. It’s the biggest increase in more than 10 years. You can expect another increase in 2022 thanks to inflation and the war in Ukraine.
It makes having a green home a necessity, as opposed to something nice to do someday. You can lower your energy bills, help save the environment, and do your part to combat climate change.
It seems like a big job, but it’s more manageable than you think. Read on to learn the top tips to create an environmentally friendly house.
- Get a Home Energy Audit
You can’t solve problems that you don’t know about. There’s a good chance that your home wastes a ton of energy.
A home energy audit reveals where your home’s energy leaks are. It could be that the insulation is old and needs replacing.
There are a few ways to get a home energy audit. One is to hire a home energy expert to perform the audit.
Your utility provider may have resources available to do the audit yourself. They may also have a program where they send someone to audit your home.
Another resource is your public library. Some public libraries offer a free energy audit kit that you can borrow for a few weeks.
- Make Simple Changes
An eco-friendly home is possible when you make simple changes. Start with the light fixtures and use energy-efficient bulbs.
Replace your appliances one at a time to upgrade to the latest energy-efficient ones. The technology is much better than it was 10 years ago, so you’ll see immediate savings.
- Get Solar Panels
Installing solar panels is a green home trend because it’s never been more affordable to make the switch. Between financing options and tax credits, you can switch to a solar-powered home.
Blue Raven has this guide that tells you how to make the switch to solar. You’ll be able to tell how much you can save by installing solar panels.
- Install New Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are sources of energy leaks. You don’t realize it, but windows and doors take a beating from harsh weather and high usage.
Seals and parts degrade over time, making them the primary source of energy leaks.
Replace windows with double or triple pane windows and get energy-efficient doors.
- Change Your Behaviors
You can change your appliances and everything else in your home. If you don’t change your behaviors, you’re going to end up consuming more energy than you did before.
You can justify the usage because you have a green home. Real change happens when you use less energy at home.
You don’t always need to make drastic changes. Lowering or raising the thermostat by one or two degrees makes a difference.
A Green Home Is Within Reach
Making your home a green home is easier than you think. Start by knowing what your energy leaks are and take simple steps to use less energy at home.
Upgrade your windows, and doors, and make your home a solar-powered home. You’ll see the difference in your utility bills.
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