Don’t leave the water running. Take shorter showers. Turn off the lights and TV. Everybody knows common shortcuts to save energy, but a few extra reminders and tips never hurt anyone! BUT before we begin, it is very important to mention that the Homes by Tradition team is passionate about being eco-friendly…each of our custom homes are built with this in mind; hence why we are part of the Green Path Tour! To learn more about our green features contact us today.
Okay, okay, okay …now for the tips!
- Make sure heating and cooling systems are properly maintained. It is important to remember to clean your air ducts or change filters to prevent pollution of inefficient heating or cooling. Check your owner’s manual for proper care.
- Invest in energy efficient appliances, showerheads, and toilets. Saving electricity and water not only helps save the earth, but helps save your wallet.
- Check for air leaks. Common areas for leaks are around windows, doors, baseboards, open soffits, and basement rim joints, among others.
- Wash full loads of laundry. Make sure you’re not using a lot of water for a little amount of clothing.
- Forgo harsh cleaners. Hot water and vinegar will work wonders for much of your daily cleaning.
- Opt for materials made from renewable resources. There are an increasing number of draperies, blinds, shades, and upholstered furniture made from natural fibers and bamboo. Also, asking for recycled or reclaimed wood can help reduce waste.
- Incorporate real plants in your décor. Indoor plants help reduce the amount of pollutants in the air like carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and benzene.
Of course, this list is only a handful of ways to help reduce your ecological footprint. Keeping your home maintained not only extends its life, but the life of your pocketbook.