Now more than ever, homeowners are becoming more environmentally conscious both to help preserve the environment and also because green alternatives are more often less expensive than their traditional counterparts. There are many different ways homeowners can make their homes more environmentally friendly, but here are four different energy efficient upgrades that can easily find their way into any home.
1. Use LED Light Bulbs Instead of Incandescent Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs are the most common type of bulb used in homes because they’re widely available and often the cheapest option, sometimes costing only $1 per bulb. However, incandescent light bulbs are some of the poorest quality options out there, especially when compared to LED bulbs. While LED bulbs are more expensive at around $8 per bulb, they can last up to 25,000 hours as opposed to 1,200 from an incandescent bulb. LED bulbs also require less energy at only 10 watts compared to the 60 watts incandescent bulbs need to achieve the same brightness. LED light bulbs also outperform CFL bulbs in the same ways, so the choice between the three is clear.
2. Install Dual Flush Toilets in Bathrooms
Bathrooms use a lot of water, and one of the different ways to help reduce the amount used is by installing a dual flush toilet. These toilets are considered high efficiency, which means they will not use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush—a lot less than traditional toilets that use anywhere from 3.5-5 or even up to 7 gallons per flush. Dual flush toilets also have two different options for flushing: a low volume flush for liquid waste, and a high volume flush for solid waste. Using these two different flushes is yet another way to help conserve water. This is just one of the many plumbing related upgrades that can lead to a more efficient home.
3. Install Double-Pane Windows
If it’s time to replace a home’s windows, homeowners should consider upgrading to double-pane windows instead of the traditional single-pane variety. Single-pane windows can cause a lot of energy loss in a home that double-pane prevents due to the layer of insulation it provides by using two sheets of glass with a gap between them. Double-pane windows can be up to 50% more energy efficient than single-pane windows, which will translate to a lot of savings on utilities for heating and cooling the home.
4. Use a Smart Thermostat
In recent years, there have been quite a few different smart thermostats that have made their way onto the market, such as the Nest or Ecobee. One of the main draws to smart thermostats is how they let a homeowner adjust the climate in their home from anywhere in the world just by using an app on their smartphone or tablet. However, they help in a lot more ways than just that.
Smart thermostats or other smart technology devices can learn the homeowner’s schedule and adjust automatically to fit that and adjust depending on the weather outside, all without the homeowner having to do anything. This will help save energy by removing human error from the equation. Smart thermostats make it impossible to forget to turn the heat or air conditioning off before leaving the home because homeowners can either adjust it from their phone or let the thermostat change itself if it’s a regular event, such as going to work. Saving energy means lower utility bills for the homeowners and a greener home for a healthier environment.
These four energy efficient Crieve Hall home upgrades can help homeowners save both the environment and money. These aren’t the only green home upgrades available to homeowners, so be sure to look into even more ways to make homes environmentally friendly.