Cost Effective Ways to Go Green and Save Money
By Andrew Hill @ www.austinhomelistings.com
Looking to save money on your utility bills? Or are you interested in making the planet a little greener? What about both? A great solution for those looking to do either of these things is retrofitting your home with green appliances. Of course, building/buying a green home from the beginning is the ideal method of going green and saving money, but if you’re not in the market to buy new, then retrofitting can also be effective. The best thing about going green in your home is that it keeps you from wasting energy and resources, thus keeping the planet healthy and making your bank account a bit larger. Another great thing about retrofitting a home to be greener is you can do as much or a little as you like. With that in mind, we’ll list a few ways you can retrofit your home on a budget.
For starters, if you haven’t made the switch to CFLs it’s about time. These alternatives to traditional incandescent lighting provide homes with more light while using less energy. They also have a longer lifetime than their outdated competitors. And in case you’re a sap for aesthetics, CFLs now come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors, so you don’t have to fear being stuck with those strange, curly, white bulbs. Another low cost investment are faucets and showerheads that have low flow capabilities. Engineered to provide solid pressure but cut back on total consumption, this is another low cost way to cut back on your utilities and save money in the long run.
Another low cost way to way to cut back on energy consumption is by properly sealing the cracks and openings in your home. You’ve seen these before- they are the cracks under the front door or those spaces where the window might not meet just right. There’s a simple fix for that. All it takes is a bit of caulk and weather stripping and you can put an end to your draft problem and help your HVAC run easier. And speaking of helping your HVAC run less, have you installed a programmable thermostat? If not, this is another great way to save money. By setting your thermostat to run less often when you’re out of the house or when you are asleep at night, you can see significant drops in your electricity usage. For example, all you have to do is set your thermostat to cool to 74 in the mornings, then adjust to 76 when you’re out the house, and back to 72 when you return for the evening. With your HVAC adhering to this schedule, it can accommodate you for comfort and save money when you don’t need to be cooled down.
As you can see, going green and staying on budget doesn’t have to be a herculean task. All it takes is a bit of understanding and a few extra dollars to get started. And the best part is, you make the money back in the long run! To find out more about green retrofits and real estate in general, be sure to contact Keith Thompson today!