Whether your household is always on the go or spends a lot of time indoors, keeping a comfortable, safe environment for your family is a very high priority. One of the ways you can do this is by making your home as “green” as possible—not only is this good for the planet, it can also help to enhance indoor air quality and reduce your monthly energy costs. Here are some tips to help you go green on a budget.
- Upgrade Your Home’s Siding
High quality siding can help to boost the effectiveness of the insulation in the walls throughout your home. Greater insulation means lower heating and cooling costs and a smaller carbon footprint. High-quality siding also protects your home from water damage, mold growth, and other factors that can decrease the quality of your home’s indoor air.
- Switch to CFLs
Incandescent light bulbs are huge energy hogs, and also produce a lot of heat, which can make your home uncomfortable. To enhance indoor temperature control and improve energy efficiency, switch to compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs). These bulbs use a fraction of the energy that incandescent bulbs do, and they last several times longer.
- Attic Insulation
Attics experience some of the most drastic temperature changes in the entire home. Without adequate attic insulation, those temperature swings can affect your home’s interior, decreasing comfort and causing perpetually high energy costs. Boosting your attic insulation is also pretty easy—most attics can be fully insulated in about a day.
- Use Resources Wisely
Finally, develop environmentally friendly habits around the home. Some easy actions include turning off unused lights, shortening showers, and using windows to ventilate instead of your HVAC system. Small changes in your daily routine can payoff through lower energy costs and a greener indoor environment.
To learn more about going green at home, contact Apex Exteriors. Our roofers and contractors will help you keep your home environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and beautiful. Call (847) 961-4601.