Are you curious as to why people are going so eco-friendly these days? It’s because saving energy is not only beneficial for the environment, but it also saves you money — a lot of it. So how do you go about turning your place into a sustainable oasis without breaking the bank? Let us show you some easy ways to make your home more eco-friendly.
Learn How to Conserve Energy
One of the primary reasons to go eco-friendly is to conserve energy. If you can save on the amount of electricity you use, you will see a significant reduction in your energy bills. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to conserve is to purchase energy efficient light bulbs. Of course, they cost more than regular ones; however, they will save you more money in the long term and offset any initial costs. Remember to turn off your lights when you are not in the room and when you leave the house
Change Your Habits
Another way to conserve more energy is to change your daily habits, such as how and when you use water. For instance, you should always aim to use your water at off-peak times set by your local utility company, especially when using the laundry machine or dishwasher. You should also consider installing a low-flow showerhead that can save up to 40% in water consumption, which can equate to big savings.
Start a Zero Waste Lifestyle
You’ve likely already seen the YouTube videos of people trying to cut out plastic bottles, plastic wrap and plastic bags, but those are only a few of the ways that you can start living a zero waste lifestyle. Other ways to reduce the amount of waste you produce is to make your own compost out of leftover food scraps, use a travel mug wherever you go, and to use Tupperware instead of plastic packaging.
Insulate Your Apartment or Home
To save as much energy as possible, you should ensure that your home has the proper insulation in place. This will help prevent any air leaks that can cause your HVAC system to work in overdrive. If your apartment is not properly insulated, it may be time to move to a safer, more sustainable home. Inquire with your landlord about your home’s insulation and if your apartment is not insulated, start thinking about where to move to.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats can learn your habits to ensure that you use energy efficiently. It will turn down your heat when you’re not at home and put it back on so when you arrive home, your place will be as you like it. Some systems can even be accessed through your phone via an app so that you can control the temperature when not at home. This is especially useful in the event you forget to turn your air-conditioning down or heat off.
Going eco-friendly is easier than you think, but if your budget doesn’t allow for upgrading your appliances, water fixtures or installing eco-friendly products, it might be time to move to an apartment or home that already has these items in place. At CLV Group, we will find you the perfect eco-friendly place to fit your budget, that is 100% safe and properly insulated. Contact us today to learn more!