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What Projects Are You Planning to Make Your Home Greener?

By Emily Kennedy

Tags: question to readers, green homes, energy efficiency, saving water,

There are many ways that you can make your home more eco-friendly either on a small or a large scale.

Solar Powered HomeMaybe it's something as simple as changing your light bulbs. 10 Easy Ways to Save on Energy at Home suggests changing your old light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs in order to save more energy, and also gives other great energy-saving ideas that you can do around your home.

If you opt to embark on a larger project, you might consider building your own solar water heater to save a tremendous amount of energy and money. Build Your Own Passive Solar Water Heater gives information and instructions on how to build a simple solar water heater.

Many projects, big and small, will help you save energy, water and money. Here are some articles that may give you even more ideas: Save Money on WaterWhat Are Composting Toilets?, Ceiling Fans: A Simple Cooling Method, Energy Audits: What Homeowners Need to Know, and 8 Easy Projects for Instant Energy Savings.

Do you have any projects that you are planning to make your home greener? We’d like to hear more! Tell us about your plans by posting a comment below.


Installing solar-electric panels on your roof is another exciting green project. Photo by Istockphoto/Rudolph Pizzonia
4/3/2010 6:49:35 AM

We bought a front loader washer/dryer set a couple months ago and have already noticed a savings of about $10.00 a month on our electric bill. We are also looking at installing a new hybrid electric water heater that uses a heat pump system. The manufacturer claims a regular electric water heater costs about $550 per year to operate while the hybrid is about $234 plus it recovers faster and has a 10 year warranty. We will be tearing an old shed down this summer (offering the old wood on so it doesn't go to the landfill) and building a new one incorporating some recycled windows. We are using opaque fiberglass panels for the roof and are going to take a crack at installing a solar panel to operate a small pump in our cistern next to the shed that irrigates our garden.