Looking for some easy green do-it-yourself (DIY) upgrades you can do quickly at home to save some cold, hard cash? Green upgrades are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and improve the resale value on your home. Here are eight ideas for quick eco-friendly upgrades:
Get Rid of Old Incandescent Bulbs
Swapping out old incandescent bulbs for energy-efficient bulbs doesn’t take any longer than two minutes. Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs and Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs are more efficient and last much longer than their predecessors. In fact LED bulbs can last up to 10 times as long as a compact fluorescent and far longer than incandescent bulbs. Another positive is that they are not made with mercury and therefore do not cause a heat buildup as others do.
Improve Window and Door Seals
A tube of caulk and some weather-stripping can do wonders to help shield your home from the elements. Installing sweeps on exterior doors can help prevent air leakage and avoid wasting precious energy. If you’re installing a new door, it may be beneficial to first check the energy performance rating of that particular model. Glass and patio doors are well known for losing more heat than other exterior doors because glass is such a poor insulator. If you’ll be replacing these doors, look for low-emissivity coating and low-conductivity gasses between the panels.
Buy an Energy Measuring Power Switch
Purchasing an energy measuring power switch can help you learn which appliances in your home are the biggest energy suckers. The switch plugs into a wall outlet and reads the kilowatt usage of an appliance. By identifying usage, you can begin to reduce costs by unplugging the appliances that are boosting your monthly electric bill.
Install a Water-Filtration System in the Sink
Installing a water-filtration system under your kitchen sink will save you from buying bottled water at the grocery store. These systems filter the water from municipal pipes and ground wells to ensure cleaner drinking water and fresh taste.
Switch to a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats only cost about $30 but help prevent wasted energy year-round. These thermostats allow homeowners to dial down the temperature significantly when they aren’t home or when they’re asleep and can have huge impacts on your energy bills.
Use Eco-Friendly Paint
Brighten up your walls with a fresh coat of eco-friendly paint. Eco-friendly paint is made with natural pigments and low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and biocides. It emits fewer air pollutants, prevents mildew and reduces water contamination.
Install a Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans can support energy savings for homeowners year round. They can help reduce the wear and tear on your home’s air conditioner by improving air circulation. Ceiling fans also improve the circulation of cool air in the warm months and can improve the circulation of warm air in the winter. All this can be done with just a few tools and in a short amount of time
Replace Your Dishwasher
Switching to an Energy Star-qualified dishwasher can save more than $30 a year on your electric bill and up to 500 gallons of water. Another way to save money is to install the dishwasher yourself. You don’t need a professional – just a manual, a little determination and a few small tools!
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