Creating an eco-friendly home can start small, with just a few easy changes to your house, decor or lifestyle throughout the year. As you save money, you can move into bigger changes to save even more. Below you will find a few ways to save the planet and save your wallet! (click to expand)
- Bulbs: Replace incandescent light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs). You can save 66% more energy and 400lbs of greenhouse gas emissions if you trade in 1 incandescent light bulb for 1 CFL bulb.
- Open the Blinds: 10% of energy can be saved on heating when you open the blinds during the day to let the sunlight in.
- Rugs: Using rugs on wooden floors can save 4% – 6% on energy bills.
- Extension leads: By using multi-socket extension leads and turning it off when not in use, you can reduce you home’s energy consumption by up to 15%.
- Grow Houseplants: Be literally green and improve the air quality in your bedroom. Snake plants give out oxygen at night (perfect for a bedroom or bathroom) and golden pathos can filter air and stay green when kept in darker spots of the home (with low to moderate watering).
- Sleep on organic sheets: Cotton linens account for 25% of the world’s insecticide use. Switch to organic cotton or sustainable bamboo instead.
- Wool, not Polyester: If you have a choice between wool and polyester blankets, go for wool – it’s more eco-friendly to produce.
- Refrigerator: Having your refrigerator in the sunlight will force it to work harder to keep cool. Move your refrigerator into the shade.
- Refrigerator: 7.6cm – the recommended space between the refrigerator and the wall to ensure proper airflow.
- Low-Energy Appliances: Energy-Star Qualified appliances use 10%-50% less energy than standard models.
- Microwave: 50% less energy is used by a microwave oven than a conventional oven.
- Thermostat: Use a timer on your thermostat to make sure the house is warm when you’re there, and the heater isn’t working so hard when you’re not. If you don’t have one, buy a programmable thermostat. Every degree you turn it down makes a difference, about one percent on your bill.
- Bamboo is better: Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth. This quick rate of replenishment means its more environmentally friendly than timber trees to use as hardwood flooring.
- Eco-Paints: They contain very low levels of volatile organic compounds, harmful chemicals found in many paints and stains (using low-VOC paints and can be a selling point when you choose to move).
- Energy Efficient Windows: Energy-efficient windows will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter due to their better insulation. (STATS ON HOME VALUE INCREASE)
- Install a Low-Flow Toilet & Shower head: Flushing toilets account for 30% of total indoor water use. A family of 4 can save 160,000 liters of water annually by installing a low-flow shower head. There are great low-flow shower heads, and using one will save 15 to 25 gallons of water per day, depending on how many people shower.
- Stop leaks: 182 liters of water is lost / week from a leaky tap.
- Ceiling fans: Adding ceilings fans can help save on heating and cooling bills. Most people don’t use ceiling fans in the cooler months, but they should because hot air rises. If you run the fan in reverse on a low speed, it will help circulate hot air.
- Vinegar: Clean with vinegar – it’s a natural way to kill bacteria and mold.
- Eco-Scents: Instead of chemicals and synthetic fragrances, opt for 100% essential oils and non-aerosol scents.
- Cloth, not Paper: Rather than using paper towels, buy just one roll to keep on hand for really gross cleanups, and use it like gold. Cut up old cloth towels, or buy a large stack of bar towels from a restaurant supply store. The idea is to have towels that aren’t attractive, so you won’t hesitate to use them. Wash them only when you have a full load. Use hydrogen peroxide-based bleach if needed.
Water Tap: When brushing your teeth, remember to turn off the tap.
- Shower: Taking a shower can use as little as 14% of water used during a bath.
- Hang dry: 2-3kg of carbon emissions is produced for ever hour a dryer is in use. Hang dry your clothes instead.
- Cold is Better: 85% – 90% of energy goes into heating water when washing clothes. Use cold water instead.
- Compost: Compost rather than using your garbage disposal to save water.
- A new law took effect in 2016 in Denver, which allows homeowners to collect as much as 110 gallons of rain in up to two barrels to save rainwater from evaporation and cut down on water bills for residents. Owning a rain barrel is pretty simple. It takes an afternoon to set up and it can cost under $100.
- Denver’s Largest Active Adult Living Community, Age 55+ HOA monthly fee includes property taxes! As well as heat, water, sewer, trash, activities, 24-hour community responders, clubhouse with amenities, and more! Windsor Gardens is now FHA approved!