Consumer demands for homes that are greener with more environmentally-friendly features are becoming increasingly popular; developing beyond a trend further into a rebirth of the market now and the future generation. Green features in homes have integrated into a priority for new buyers shopping in the real estate market. Among the generations, 14% of those aged 36-50 and 13% of buyers 35 and under bought their homes for the energy efficiency reasons. Home owners today have observed the recent changes of society in the awareness of how much energy they are consuming and how environmentally sensitive their actions really are. Reducing your carbon footprint might be a scratch to the head with no idea on how or where to begin but is simpler than you may think; by slowly making a switch with one easy change each week of the year. An entire year of living green would not only massively reduce your carbon footprint but also impact and inspire others to do the same. Here are just a few simple actions you can take to begin practicing awareness of your energy efficiency:
Turn things down (or turn them off):
One of the simplest ways to make your home greener and save money on your monthly energy bill is to double check you are not using utilities more than you need. Turn off lights when you leave the room, or if you are in the room rely on sunlight by opening the curtains or blinds.
Run the dishwasher only when you have a full load.
When it comes to heating and air conditioning, small changes like turning down your thermostat by 3-4 degrees during the winter (or increase during the summer), will present visible price changes. Adjust the thermostat even more when you’re not home.
Change your light bulbs:
Slowly replace all of the light bulbs in your house to CFLs until eventually you have all of your house switched over.
CFLs use about 75% less energy and last 7 to 10 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs.
Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot and line-dry when you can.
Pay your bills online. Sign up for e-bills and put a stop to unsolicited mail.
Sign up to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers
Cloth instead of paper:
Use cloth instead of paper products to clean. Get rid of those paper towels and use microfiber clothes or rags made from old towels and t-shirts instead.
Use cloth napkins instead of paper.
Buy and use green cleaning products:
Green cleaning products are just as effective in killing germs and leaving your counters, floors, and home sparkly clean without harsh chemical fumes or residue.
The Legacy of Clean brand is known for its environmental stewardship and has won many awards for their green quality and environmentally-friendly products. The Legacy of Clean brand uses ingredients derived from coconut oil, orange oil, pineapple, and aloe vera. Not only are Legacy of Clean products free of harsh chemicals but they are also dermatologist tested to ensure they are safe for you and your family.
Shop other eco-friendly products such as beauty products, fashion lines, and home décor.
Reuse glass jars or containers for bulk storage or vases. This truly lives to the slogan reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Buy used and donate:
Shop at thrift stores and craigslist to recycle usable items that are in perfectly good shape to reuse.
Donate the items you no longer use or need.
Stop using disposable bags:
Purchase reusable bags and bring them with you to the grocery store. Stores such as Whole Foods Market give a discount and money back for using reusable bags.
Turn off your computer:
Your computer may go to sleep, but it’s still sucking up energy. Turn your computer monitor off at the end of the day and take the steps to create an eco-friendly workplace.
Author:Brian Cordova Phone: 210-865-7653 Dated: May 2nd 2016 Views: 84 About Brian: Brian offers a wealth of knowledge when it comes to your real estate needs in San Antonio. Whether y...
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