5 Easy Ways to Make your Home More Eco-Friendly

These days, people are more environmentally conscious. When it comes to their homes, that often starts with being more thoughtful about heating and cooling so they’re consuming less energy. With that in mind, here are some tips for making your home more eco-friendly: 

                1. Install a smart thermostat. Modern thermostats come with various features that help you manage                                  heating and cooling, so you use less energy. For example, you can program a thermostat to adjust                                      temperature during the workday and then turn on heating or cooling an hour before you get home. 

                2. Take advantage of non-peak times. Many utilities (electricity, water, etc.) offer price breaks at non-peak                        periods. For example, washing your clothes later in the evening might reduce your water bill. Ask your                                utility providers about available price-saving programs. 

                3. Buy energy-saving products. A wide range of products are available to help you lower energy                                            consumption, from shower faucets to kitchen ranges. The next time you’re shopping for an appliance or                            fixture, ensure it has eco-friendly features. 

                4. Replace worn insulation. A one-inch crack in window insulation can cause your home’s HVAC system to                          work harder. That’s why experts advise that you check the insulation around doors and windows once a                            year and repair or replace it where necessary. 

               5. Manage passive heat. It’s no surprise that a window letting in the sun will make a room warmer. So, take                         advantage of this free energy source. Let sun into rooms on cool days, so your furnace doesn’t have to                               come on as often. Do the opposite on hot days. 

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