Eco friendly and energy efficient homes are all the rage lately and rightly so, it is estimated that the average single family home in America consumes around 960 Kilowatts hours of electricity and roughly 12,000 gallons of water every single month. You can clearly see and understand why being energy efficient is incredibly important. Eco friendly technology is great for the environment because it can help conserve our natural resources. As an added bonus this tech can also save you a ton of money on your monthly bills and who doesn’t like saving money? So why not pad your pocket with some extra spending cash and help save the planet at the same time.
You might think it is really difficult to make the changes necessary in your home to make it more energy efficient and eco-friendly but it’s surprisingly simple to get started. Some of the environmentally friendly projects you can implement into your home could take as little a weekend to put together but there are others that require a larger investment so let’s take a look at a couple of items that stretch the spectrum time and cost. We will start with the easier and more inexpensive technologies first and then move on to the more pricey and time consuming items. Installing just a few of these can make an significant impact on your bills and the environment
It might seem like a small thing but you’d be surprised at how much power you can save by using power strips. There are many electronic devices that consume power even while “off” or not in use. Think DVD players, televisions, gaming systems, coffee makers, computers, etc. These all typically will consume energy even while you’re not using them. A power strip can be an effective way to simply cut off their access to power while they aren’t in use with a simple flip of a switch.
Rainwater collection containers
Collecting rainwater is a great way to help conserve fresh water usage and save you some money. If you’ve got an outdoor garden or water your lawn regularly you are using a ton of fresh water to keep everything green and growing. If you install rain barrels you can collect rainwater and store it for any sort of outdoor watering needs you may have. What a lot of people do not know about rainwater collection is that some cities will actually purchase your excess water as well. Get ready for this…. some cities offer up to $5,000 a year for collected rainwater.
Dual Flush Toilet
These toilets are pure genius. Someone far smarter than us decided it would be a great idea to make a toilet with two flushing options and man were they on to something. Dual flush toilets use two flushing options for disposing waste. One option for liquid waste that uses very little fresh water from the tank and a second option for solid waste. Dual flush toilets can reduce your water usage by up to 18%.
Another great idea from some genius mind are programmable thermostats. These thermostats are a great replacement for the older on/off models. With a programmable one you can set temperatures settings for every day of the week and every hour of the day. This is fantastic way to make your home more efficient and save you money. We all know bills from the power company are one of the highest expenses for a home so anything you can do to reduce your electricity usage is a great step in the right direction.
As you very likely know Solar Panels are a great way to power your home using a freely available and near infinite source of energy, the Sun. Solar Panels come in various sizes and installation types. These can go on your roof or in your yard, basically any space you own that gets direct sunlight throughout the day. There are DIY panels available on the market that can save you the cost of hiring a professional installation company but require a much larger investment of your time. There are even solar shingles now available which remove the eyesore that solar paneling can sometimes create.
Whether you rent, own, or are planning to rent-to-own a home . We hope that you decide to install at least one of these technologies to do your part to help the environment.