If you are preparing to purchase a new home, building one, or are thinking about renovating it, you are in the perfect position to embrace environmentally friendly building practices and make your home more eco-friendly. Not only will these changes benefit your wallet, but they will help preserve the world around you. Continue reading to learn about what you can do to make a positive change.

How To Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Find a Better Heating Source

Heating your home in any environment is expensive. Old and outdated water heater systems are costly to replace, sometimes expensive to operate, and inefficient in their usage. When you have the opportunity, consider using ground source heat pumps to heat your home and water supply.

These appliances are effective in reducing your environmental footprint and are less costly than other methods to operate. They require the same amount of annual maintenance as a traditional boiler or furnace but are more effective since they use the earth’s natural heat.

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Install a Smart Thermostat

Smart technology can change the way you operate within your home. They are streamlined and almost effortless once set. Find a compatible smart thermostat or call your local utility company for recommendations and to schedule installation. 

Once the thermostat is in place, download the corresponding app on your smartphone. You can set schedules and control the thermostat from the device or your phone. Create specific schedules so the heater or air conditioner turns on a few minutes before you wake up or go to bed. If you forget to make any changes, you can access the app on your phone to turn the heat down from work. This little device can save you time, money, and worry.

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Use Less Water

If you do not already use a low-flow shower head, it is an easy, quick, and inexpensive way to begin using less water. All you need is a compatible shower head and a few tools to replace your current shower head. This simple swap will save you on gas, electricity, and water.

Another way to use less water is by being mindful of how you use this limited resource. When brushing your teeth, turn the tap off until you need to rinse your toothbrush. This little act will save you money and water.

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Install Window Treatments

A bare, uncovered window lets the world inside. The beautiful sun shines, and you can see the blue skies. While that is wonderful, those unencumbered windows can also unintentionally make your home too hot. Make a productive change by installing window treatments. Luckily, you have a lot of options to choose from. Consider a variety of blinds, curtains or drapes, and shutters.  

The key with window treatments is to use them strategically. Close the blinds in the rooms where the sun shines directly inside to prevent the room from warming up and any need to turn up the air conditioner. In the cooler months, do the opposite to allow the sun in and help heat the room.

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Use these helpful tips to make your home more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly today. Contact the professionals to ensure you are getting the right products for your needs. Once you have everything in place, you will feel good about your efforts.