6 Steps to Making Your Home Greener


| 8/28/2013 10:35:00 AM


Tags: home automation, earth friendly, David Glenn, ,

green homeWhile many people are now aware of the importance of reducing the world’s carbon footprint, there are still a lot of people, both corporate and individually, who are not taking the necessary steps to cut their own personal impact on the environment. This is often because it can seem too difficult, or sometimes it is because people simply do not know how to “greenify” their homes. However, when people take the small amount of time and effort required to make a home eco-friendly, they will soon find that not only are they saving the environment, but they are saving money and improving their home in the process. So to help you out, here are some easy steps to making your home greener.

Insulation

Starting with the basics, the first thing that you should do is check your home’s insulation. A poorly insulated house will not only waste energy, but it will cost you money that you will not know that you could be saving. Check for any poorly insulated areas of your attic, as one weak area can undo all of the hard work that the rest of the insulation is doing. Furthermore, check around your house for any air leaks, and plug them with weatherstripping and caulk. There are a lot of advancements in eco-friendly building materials, including insulation that by using them can have a big impact on your carbon footprint.

Smart Thermostats

You can save an incredible amount of energy by getting a programmable thermostat that will adjust the heating and cooling when you are out of the house or asleep. The most basic programmable thermostats will allow you to program a couple of times, and will more than do the trick. However, if you want something more advanced, there are now thermostats that will adjust automatically, or allow override with a smartphone.smart thermostat

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