Moving into a new home is an exciting time. For many, it can mean moving into a bigger place, or moving somewhere with a greener neighborhood. No matter where you move to, making the new place fit your lifestyle is one of the biggest concerns new residents have.
Residents in Arizona have recently began to shift their lifestyles to clean, environmentally friendlier ways. This can have huge benefits for homeowners, particularly those looking to lower their utility costs during the hot summer months. For those looking to make a change in their new home, here are ten simple ways to make your house a little greener (while also saving on energy bills).
One way to go green can be how your dress up your home. Start by installing LED bulbs in the light fixtures. Not only will they save energy, but they will lower your electric bill and last as long as ten years. Most brands now offer yellow-based lighting options for those worried about atmosphere.
House plants are an easy and attractive way to improve your home’s air quality. Selecting native desert plants inside can make your home feel more connected to the landscape, and add a bit of color to your indoor areas.
Part of living in the desert should involve embracing the natural landscape. Xeriscaping is an excellent landscaping style that requires little irrigation, which will cut back your water usage. Filling your front yard with cacti and yucca will really make your home fit it’s desert background.
Switching to natural household cleaners is another eco-friendly step to take. Most cleaners use unhealthy and harmful chemicals that can find their way into the water supply. Vinegar, citric acids from fruits, and bicarbonate of soda are all-natural alternatives that do the job just as well (and smell a lot better).
Cut Back On Water
Xeriscaping is a great water saving technique, but there are many more to implement around your home. Take the extra step to upgrade your old shower head with a low-flow, efficient one. Look for packaging with a WaterSense label, which use no more than two gallons per minute (as opposed to old shower heads, which can use up to 5 gallons per minute).
Another option is to upgrade your appliances for more efficient ones. Low flow toilets use less water than traditional counterparts. And the latest Whirlpool washer and dryers use sensors to determine the exact amount of water needed to do a load of laundry, making sure no water is wasted.
Get An Eco-Friendly Car
Investing in an environmentally-friendly car will help diminish your carbon footprint in a big way, and also offer other benefits such as tax breaks and lower fuel costs. The most common type of car is called a hybrid, which is a vehicle that runs on fuel and hydrogen. However, there are more and more cars implementing fuel-efficient technologies in an ever-growing eco friendly movement. Make sure you find the right vehicle to fit your needs.
Install Energy Efficient Windows
A sure way to save economically while decreasing your carbon footprint is to replace your old windows with new energy efficient ones. Although it may seem like a big expense at once, this will actually help save on future heating and air conditioning bills.
New windows are designed to maximize insulation based on your climate. Olders homes have windows and doors tend to have gaps that let hot and cool escape, costing more money and wasting energy at the same time. In between window installation, weather strips can be used around all doors and windows, and can save up to 10 percent on bills.
Invest in Insulation
Since most rooftops are a dark color and heat rises, attics can be up to 50 degrees warmer than the rest of the house. When an attic is properly insulated, it serves as a tight seal to keep the cool air from escaping in the summer, and the warm air in the winter. Hire a contractor to figure out exactly what and how much insulation needed to be efficient. While this process can be expensive, many cities and states offer tax rebates to install this.