Remember when green was just a color? Now it is something that nearly everyone equates to being environmentally friendly. Even the smallest step in the right direction is an important one, especially if it gets you a bit closer to having a green home. So, what does it mean to have a green home? Generally speaking, it involves taking steps to lessen the carbon footprint of your home. Ideally, it is starting out by building it utilizing environmentally friendly, sustainably sourced, and recycled materials. When you had no control over that first step, all hope is not lost, as you can still work toward minimizing the negative impact of the home. Here are some of the things that you can do to accomplish getting as close to a green home as possible.
- Optimize energy efficiency- Begin with a home energy audit and find out where you could make improvements so that you can maximize your home’s potential to be a green home. The good news is that you’ll enjoy lower energy costs as your reward! Steps such as upgrading your home’s insulation and sealing off leaks can make a big difference.
- Practice water conservation- The efficient use of water is important no matter where you live. Consider collecting rainwater to use for tasks such as watering your flower garden or washing your car. Switch to low-water usage appliances, take shorter showers, and run your washing machine and dishwasher with full loads whenever possible.
- Consider alternative power- Wind and solar power can not only generate clean energy for your own use, but can sometimes generate surplus to sell back to the power company.
If you aspire to have a green home, you can get the help you need here at AppleBlossom Energy. We offer a variety of services, including a home energy audit, insulation, and sealing services. With a whole-home retrofit, our customers typically see a 20% to 40% reduction in their home energy costs. Let us assess your home and see if you could even top that! Call today.