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5 Ways to Make Your New Home More Eco-Friendly
(Monday, 15 May 2017) Written by greeniac85004

If you are searching for a new home, the top thought in your mind is probably not how eco-friendly the home is. Chances are that you are looking for a home that is the right size for you, is located in the right neighborhood and has the fixtures that you want. However, once you have lived in your home for a while, you will quickly realize the importance of a green environment. Not only will you be physically healthier but also you will see your electricity, gas and water bills decrease. Plus, you can feel good about the impact you are having on keeping the environment around you healthy. Here are five of the most important changes you can make in your new home that will produce the most impact on the environment.

Install Programmable Thermostats

Choosing a programmable thermostat is a simple choice. The initial outlay in money is only slightly more expensive than a traditional thermostat would be. However, in the grand scheme of the price of your house, you will most likely never miss the extra money. On the other hand, you will certainly notice the savings in electricity and natural gas that you gain the longer you live there. With a programmable thermostat, you can automatically change the temperature at predetermined times of the day, such as turning down the heat when you are away from home or sleeping. These are particularly useful if you are away from home several days a week or are comfortable sleeping at different temperatures at night. Additionally, if your home is large enough to have more than one climate zone, a programmable thermostat is a must.

Use Energy-Efficient Windows

If you are looking to save on heating and cooling in your home, then the next obvious choice is energy-efficient windows, such as triple-glazed vinyl windows or gas-filled windows. In a house with single-pane windows, you will save up to $583 per year and up to 6,205 pounds of CO2 emissions versus traditional windows. The most obvious cost savings are for those living in the far north of the U.S. and in the southeast. Not only will your house stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, but also these windows help protect your belongings from the ravages of the sun.

Use Zero VOC Paints

While no house paints are allowed to contain lead these days, this does not mean that all paints are excellent choices for your home. Many paints contain VOCs, which are volatile organic compounds. These are made of solvents that disperse into the air over several years after painting, causing dangerous molecules that can harm the environment and make you feel ill. Always choose zero VOC paints, which can be found in many home improvement stores across the country.

Use Solar Energy

Solar energy is increasingly affordable for the middle class home and is no longer only for the wealthy. Consider installing a solar hot water heater or a photovoltaic system that can create electricity for your home directly from sunlight. While you will certainly need to supplement with electricity, solar energy is an eco-friendly choice that can save you plenty of money in utility costs.

Start a Compost Heap

When you think of new homes in Davis County, you may not be thinking of a pile in the backyard where you stash all of your food waste to create compost. However, compost heaps do not have to be ugly, and they can yield huge benefits for your home. Not only will you decrease the amount of food waste going to the landfill in plastic bags, but also you will create a natural fertilizer for your flower or vegetable garden. Compost creates rich nutrients that can naturally replenish the soil.

An eco-friendly home gives back to the environment and allows you to feel the freedom of healthy living. If you are choosing a new home, look for eco-friendly amenities that will save you money while keeping the earth healthy. The benefits of each simple green choice you make are truly enormous.

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