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How to Make Your Home Green

November 11th, 2016

How to Make Your Home Green

Light bulbs
This might seem obvious, but switching to energy saving light bulbs will have huge benefits for the environment and help lower the price on your monthly energy bill. CFL and LED bulbs even last longer!

Motion sensors
Install motion sensors on your lights that cause them to turn off when no one has been in the room for a while and will turn back on once you walk back into the room. This saves energy that would have been wasted.

Green appliances
Installing green appliances in your home will save you money in the long run on your energy bill and will also help the Earth!

Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows further insulate your home so you can keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer. By doing this, it is less likely you will resort to an air conditioner or heater as often.

Quit the water bottles
If you refuse to drink tap water and are used to drinking bottled water, install a filtered faucet in your sink and use a stainless steel water thermos.

Make recycling less of a chore
Recycling can seem annoying and arduous sometimes, but you can make it easier by buying separate garbage bins for paper, plastic and biodegradable material and labeling them to not confuse them. It is not has hard as you think and once you get used to it, you won’t even think of it as a chore!

Cut down on the air conditioning
Air conditioning is a big time energy waster. Install ceiling fans to use on a day-to-day basis and only turn on your air conditioner when you really cannot bare it anymore. Most air conditioners have an energy saver setting that makes it turn off when the room reaches a certain temperature and turns back on when it gets hotter.

Cut down on the heat
Before you crank up your thermostat in the colder months, try to check for any cracks under doors and windows that would be causing a draft and make sure the walls are insulated enough. Once those are taken care of, you do not have to keep the heat on too long and therefore, save on your energy bill.

Save water
Install low-flow toilets and faucets to save water. Even though many people do not prefer low-pressure showers, there are low-flow showerheads that do not compromise the water pressure as much as others do. Also, make sure your hot water heater is well insulated and big enough so the hot water does not run out quickly. A recirculating water pump will also save water.If your water bill is strangely high, you might have a leak in a pipe that is causing a waste in water. Call a professional plumber to inspect the possible leak and fix it. Our team at Go Pro specializes in plumbing, heating, restoration and maintenance!

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