Happy (belated) Earth Day! We all know that we need to do our part to protect the Earth, and we know the obvious things – reduce, reuse, recycle, etc. etc. But as a homeowner, your carbon footprint can easily get out of control (and bills can get expensive, too!) Here are a few ways you can help keep your home as eco-friendly as possible, and even save some money along the way!
Utilize Smart products and energy-efficient appliances
There are many products on the market specifically designed to be energy-saving and efficient. One of our favorites is smart thermostats, which regulate your home’s temperature and can be set differently for when you’re out of the house, and adjusted easily from an app on your phone. Smart outlets allow you to set timers to help you remember to turn off lights when they’re not in use, and they’re super convenient, too. Take it a step further by choosing appliances, like washers, dryers and refrigerators that are energy efficient to help reduce your energy and water use.
Invest in quality windows and siding
We always preach the importance of choosing quality windows and siding – It’s just a smart choice in general – but the right high-quality windows and siding will help regulate your home’s temperature and allow you to save energy and reduce heating and cooling costs, too.
Install solar panels
If you can afford the investment, solar panels are a fantastic way to help the environment and save you a ton of money along the way! You can even sell the power you don’t end up using back to your electric company for some extra cash. Win-win!
Use low-flow faucets and showerheads
Conserving water is so essential, especially in a home with several people taking daily showers, doing dishes, brushing teeth and running appliances. You can of course do basic things like taking shorter showers, turning the tap off while brushing your teeth, and only using your dishwasher and washing machine when the loads are full and necessary, but low-flow faucets are also a great way to lower your water usage (spoiler: this will save you money, too!)
Repurpose used furniture
We’re not saying you can’t buy new furniture for your home, but even buying or repurposing a couple used pieces can help keep furniture out of landfills. Before you buy new, take a look at how you could give your existing furniture an update with some new paint or upholstery, or check online listings for local lightly used furniture that could have a place in your home. You might be surprised at how much brand-new furniture you can find online for so much less than buying new!
Grow (some of) your own food
We’re not suggesting you go full farm-status (although that’s awesome too), but you can do your part to reduce packaging costs (and save yourself money!) by growing a fruit, vegetable and herb garden in your yard. Bonus points for composting food to reduce waste and help your crops grow.
What are some of the ways you keep your home eco-friendly? We’d love to hear your ideas and which of these tips you might want to try! Make sure to find us on Instagram @AlmaHomes, too, for more home tips and tricks.
Photography: Melissa Oholendt, Laura Rae Photography, Spacecrafting Photography, Sarah Olfelt Photo, Alma Homes