There are a myriad of inexpensive ways to green your home, and as a result, be earth friendly. All that’s required to be the proud owner of a green home is the will and some good direction.
Appliances account for about 33 percent of the energy use in the average home. In a green home, they account for less and/or are run off renewable resources.
Whether it’s your refrigerator/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher or household electronics, the best way to save energy is to moderate their use. Of course, when it’s time to replace one, it’s essential that you purchase ENERGY STAR® rated equipment. Upgrading your appliances can also ensure your old machines won’t cause fire damage
or water damage to your home.
Heat and Cool as Needed
Due to the temperate climate San Diego residents enjoy, neither heating nor cooling tends to occur in the extreme conditions found in other parts of the country. Still, every green penny counts. Turn down the thermostat in cold weather and keep it higher in warm weather. Installing a programmable thermostat will make these temperature changes for you automatically and save you time and money.
Fresh Water is Gold
Frugality in this area is particularly important for obvious reasons. Put a flow restricting aerator on all household faucets. Install a low-flow toilet. Recycle rain water for use in the garden. Cherish each drop any way you can.
There has been much ado about lighting lately, and rightly so. It can account for upwards of 20 percent of the average homeowner’s electric bill. Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) can reduce this cost considerably, and they last up to 1o times longer than an incandescent bulb.
You should know that all CFLs are not created equal. If you miss the warm glow incandescent bulbs provided, check out your CFL options by visiting the online light bulb guide provided by the Environmental Defense Fund.
Solar Makes You and Your Home Happy
Congress has extended tax credits for investments in energy efficiency through 2013 as well as making them retroactive to 2012. Tax credits for geothermal heat pumps, small wind turbines, solar energy systems, and fuel cells will now be available through 2016.
These are just a few of the thousands of ideas that you, a resident of San Diego, can employ to make it one of the most earth friendly cities on the planet. Search online for other “ways to green your home.” If you have the will, it’s easy enough to find the ways.
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