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7 Cheap Ways to Create a More Sustainable Home Environment

You’d think that for a company that specializes on solar energy we’d only be focused on getting you to buy […]

You’d think that for a company that specializes on solar energy we’d only be focused on getting you to buy the products we sell. But we’ve said it from the outset, and we’ll say it again: our goal goes beyond our own profit. You don’t need to buy solar panels, an electric car, or even expensive, organic food to make a difference. Here are some inexpensive changes you can make at home that will save you time and money, while you help make the world a healthier and more sustainable place.

Good landscaping can save energy

Structures are everything. How you structure your day can change its outcome, how we structure a city can change the way people live. So why not consider what the structure of your immediate landscape is like? According to the Energy Department, “A well-designed landscape not only can add beauty to your home but also can reduce your heating and cooling costs. A well-placed tree, shrub, or vine can deliver effective shade, act as a windbreak, and reduce your energy bills.”

Turn It Off

The concept is as simple as the title of this section, just turn it off. Think about the amount of times you leave the water running while brushing your teeth, or how long certain spaces in your home remain lit without anyone inhabiting them. Turning it off also means unplugging. For example, leaving your computer or cellphone charger plugged to the wall consumes unnecessary energy, even if your devices are not connected, and increases your energy bill substantially.

Exchange Incandescent bulbs for LED lightbulbs

Many are reluctant to make the switch to LED light bulbs because of their price. It’s true, compared to incandescent light bulbs the product in itself is more expensive, but in the long run, you’ll be saving much more. LEDs tend to use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting, meaning you’ll immediately notice the benefits on your electricity bill.

Compost

In addition to creating your own compost for your garden, while simultaneously reducing waste, you’ll be helping conserve energy. Communities everywhere use different methods of energy pumping and water treatment for cleaning the waste that we dispose of from pipes and water sources. The more waste water treatment the higher everyone’s water bills are. Think about what an entire composting community could do to your energy and water bills.

Buy local

In addition to creating your own compost for your garden, while simultaneously reducing waste, you’ll be helping conserve energy. Communities everywhere use different methods of energy pumping and water treatment for cleaning the waste that we dispose of from pipes and water sources. The more waste water treatment the higher everyone’s water bills are. Think about what an entire composting community could do to your energy and water bills.

Re-use and recycle

We’ve heard this time after time. Even though more and more people are drifting away from buying plastic and paper products, there’s still plenty of things we continue to use them for. Consider whether you can reuse certain containers and get creative with re-purposing. Not only will you be promoting a sustainable environment, but you’ll be saving money on buying products you don’t need. On the other hand, it’s important to create a clear recycling plan that is easy to follow for everyone at home, so that when the time comes it doesn’t feel like a task, but rather like a habit.

Seal Windows

Per the Energy Department, “you can improve the energy efficiency of existing windows by adding storm windows, caulking and weather-stripping, and using window treatments or coverings.” Window treatments and coverings, for instance, prevent heat loss during the winter and heat gain in the summer. Therefore, adjusting the seal on your windows can help you reduce the amount of heat or air-conditioning you’re using, allowing for less energy consumption and more money saved.