Green technology is more advanced today than ever before in the past, so it’s no surprise that more and more people around the world are looking to include certain green elements in their homes. There are a handful of great ways to make your home green ready too, and we’re going to talk about some of them today. Even if you can’t implement all of these at the home level, taking note of a couple and making them work will help make your home ready for a green transition, all the while reducing your carbon footprint on the planet.
It can be prohibitive because of the cost, but swapping out older, energy-guzzling appliances for newer, energy-efficient models is a great way to make your home greener. It might take several years after the upgrade, but eventually those new appliances will pay for themselves when you total up the amount of energy you save every month based on their installation. Check your refrigerator, stove and oven, televisions, computers and other appliances and electronics to look for old tech that can be replaced with new. You don’t need to replace everything, since even little changes can add up over time.
Speaking of appliances and electronics, are you the type of person who plugs something into a charger and just forgets about it? Well, that can actually be a bad thing. Even once an electronic device has been fully charged, it may still draw voltage from its connection so it can maintain that full charge even while running. Unplug your devices after they charge and you can save a little electricity here and there. Likewise, unplugging electric appliances like microwaves, toasters and stoves when they’re not in use will help a little bit, here and there. This tip won’t even cost you anything, so everyone can do it.
If the thought of flitting around your house to plug in and unplug devices seems like a waste of time to you, then you’re a perfect candidate for home-automation lighting. Anyone who has studied different types of bulbs knows that switching to LED lighting is the best way to go if you want to cut back on energy usage and electricity costs. You can put these newfangled lights on timers too, so they turn on and off on their own without any further input from you. Create a lighting schedule based on your living habits and you’ll never have to worry about turning off your lights again.