There are many easy and effective steps that you can take to make your home more environmentally friendly. Making your home a green one is environmentally conscience and has the added benefit of saving you money over time on your gas and energy bills. You will be amazed at how much energy you can save by considering these steps:
Use Energy Star Appliances
Older appliances are less energy-efficient than newer Energy Star certified appliances. Using these appliances will go a long way towards saving energy and lowering your electricity and water bills. For example: a high-efficiency on-demand water heater only fires when you call for hot water. It heats up quickly – and then quits burning fuel. Low-flow toilets, shower heads, and washing machines can save a lot of water.
Switch to Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Switch your light bulbs from incandescent to fluorescent. Compact fluorescent bulbs cost more than incandescent bulbs initially. If you include the fact that fluorescent light bulbs last up to 12 times longer than their incandescent counterparts, you save you a lot of money going fluorescent. Your lighting budget will be reduced along with the amount of bulbs you throw out.
Add Extra Insulation
Adding new or additional insulation to your ceilings and walls will prevent air leaks, so you can keep the warm air inside in the winter and the cool air from escaping during the summer. Also consider adding extra caulking or weather stripping to your windows and doors for even more insulation.
Install Energy-Efficient Roofing
If you’ve ever stood on a roof on a hot summer day, you know how hot it can get. The heat absorbed by your roof makes your air conditioner work even harder to keep your home cool. You should consider installing a “cool roof” made of metal. A cool roof is designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. By installing a cool roof, you can lower the temperature of your roof by a large margin and save energy and money by using less air conditioning. Cool roofs make spaces like garages or covered patios more comfortable.
As cool roofs become more popular, communities will benefit from fewer power plant emissions and less demand for new power plants. Cool roofs can lower outside air temperatures, reducing heat islands in urban areas.
If installing energy-efficient roofing interests you, be sure to contact Lucas Contracting today for a free consultation.