5 Tips for Making Your Home More Green
Making Your Home: With growing awareness of carbon footprints and energy waste, it is no surprise many Americans are looking within their homes for solutions. The carbon emissions for the average American household is 14,920 pounds per year. Cutting back on this statistic can help keep your family and the environment healthier. Included here are a few tips to make your home more green.
Install Solar Panels
For 2016, a 30% tax credit is being given for households that install solar panels. This creates a monetary and energy savings for your household that cannot be matched elsewhere. In some areas, installation of large solar panels can generate enough power that you can sell energy back to your local energy companies. You will save your own money and earn back each month, eventually nullifying your start-up solar panel cost.
Adjust the Thermostat
The heating and cooling of your house is responsible for the largest amount of energy consumption for most Americans. The EPA estimates that for each 1 degree increase in cooling and 1 degree decrease in heating, you will save 3% in heating and cooling energy annually. Considering that huge percentages of the nation’s energy consumption are used in heating and cooling, it makes sense to put on a sweater in winter months and head to the river in the summer.
Wash in Cold
Most washers and dryers are now Energy Star approved, but that does not mean they are installed in all homes. Many homes still use older models of washers and dryers that suck energy and are not efficient. By changing your wash cycle to cold you can save an average of 485 kilowatt hours per year.
Dryers are not stingy in their consumption of energy either and consume a huge part of your energy each year. By using a clothesline or a drying rack for just 50% of your laundry, you can save 1,079 kilowatt hours of energy each year.
Replace Light Bulbs
With energy-efficient LED bulbs present on the market for several years now, many homes have upgraded their lighting. By simply switching from higher powered 60 watt LEDs to less bright 13 watts, you will save large amounts of kilowatt energy and keep your home warmly lit.
Replace Your Fridge
A more expensive option, to be sure, replacing your fridge requires more dedication than some other options on this list. However, your fridge may be one of the biggest energy guzzlers in your home, with standard models consuming 794 kilowatt hours on average each year. By switching to an Energy Star approved model, your fridge will only use 424 kilowatt hours annually and still keep your beverages frosty cold.