Going green is much more than a way to protect the environment. By making simple changes around the house, you can not only save money, but also add value to your home. From changing your light fixtures to purchasing energy-efficient appliances, you will be surprised with how easy it is to go green while saving green. So, whether you are looking to put your home on the market or just want to invest in some green upgrades, check out these great money-saving ideas.
If you have not yet switched to compact florescent lamps (CFLs) or LEDs, then now is the time. LEDs are the most energy-efficient option, as they use 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer. CFLs are also a great option, however, and for every incandescent bulb you replace with a CFL, you can expect to save about $30 per year in electricity.
According to RetroTeck Window Mfg. Ltd., a company that specializes in Vancouver window replacement, 37 percent of of the heat in your home is lost through windows. By upgrading to Energy Star rated vinyl windows, you can help retain more heat in your home. This, in turn, will enable you to save energy and keep your heating costs low in the winter.
Major appliances such as your refrigerator and washing machine not only take a lot of energy to run, they also produce heat, which can cause to increased cooling costs during the summer. They EPA estimates that old appliances cost $150 more per year in energy costs than an energy efficient model. This means that by replacing old appliances with energy-efficient models, you will see immediate results on your energy bill.
To save on both your water and energy bill, make sure that every faucet in your home is equipped with an aerator. This can help you to cut your household’s water consumption by half. It is also suggested that toilets over 15 years old are replaced, as these older models typically take about 5 gallons of water per flush. Compare this to new toilets, which use as little as 1.6 gallons flush, and the savings can really add up.
While some of the suggestions on this list may require a large investment upfront, you can expect a large return on investment. Also remember that by making these simple changes today, you are doing your part to protect the environment well into the future.