5 Simple Tips towards Eco-friendly Home


If you don’t live in a brand-new, modern, state-of-the-art LEED-certified home (and really, who does?), you could probably make a few improvements on your casa. Eco-friendly modifications aren’t just good for the environment—many can save you money on bills too.

The Property Brothers build homes of all sizes, and adding green features is a particular passion of theirs. Here, they share five things anyone can do to make their home more eco-friendly:

1. Lighting
“Minor changes in your lighting throughout the house can make a huge difference. Switch out your old bulbs for LED lights. They cost a bit more up front but last much longer and use less energy. And, of course, if you have a bad habit of leaving lights on when not in use, stop it! Your wallet will thank you for it.” —Jonathan

2. Heat
“Heat only what you need. Installing a tankless hot water system will take a load off of the energy required to heat traditional hot-water tanks. This system heats only the hot water that you need, when you need it, so that it isn’t working overtime unnecessarily.” —Drew

3. Windows
“Your money can fly out the window if they’re old and leaky. Check the seal around windows and doors for drafts to ensure that you are not losing heat or air-conditioning. If you’re renting or don’t have the budget to replace windows and doors, there are various low-cost ways to improve the insulation of them, such as handy film sheet and adhesive kits which help increase the ‘R-value’ of the window pane. Weather-stripping and caulking can also plug any air leaks, and something as simple as using heavier drapes can also reduce your energy bill.” —Drew

4. Lawn Care
“Where I live, a lot of water is wasted on lawns. Synthetic grass is an eco-friendly choice [you can make] without sacrificing the look and feel of real grass. The product available nowadays makes it difficult to tell the difference between synthetic grass and the real thing, except that you don’t have to waste copious amounts of water to keep it green.” —Jonathan

5. Solar Power
“Solar is a smarter, cleaner, and more sustainable energy source and is now more accessible than one might think. Many people are wary because of assumed high costs. But with companies like Sunrun, the nation’s largest dedicated residential solar company, you don’t have the hefty upfront cost and hassle of ownership. They will install, insure, monitor, and maintain the solar panels with a sleek and seamless design for your home. Sunrun’s solar service model is helping current customers to save about $20,000 over the lifetime of their 20-year agreement.” —Drew


Source: Glamour Living

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