Making a home more environmentally-friendly is a common goal for homeowners these days. Many of these owners will go to great lengths to install rooftop solar panels, remodel a bathroom with water-efficient toilets, and use large windows to trap and contain heat. All of these projects can certainly help a home reduce its carbon footprint, but they are also quite expensive. For the average person, it may seem like you need to take out a home loan in order to go green.
But helping save the environment doesn’t require that you break the bank along the fact. In fact, there are numerous DIY home projects that can cost you minimal amounts of money and time, and that can still succeed in lowering your house’s emissions, consumption, and waste. Here are a few such projects:
-Get Energy-Efficient Lighting. Perhaps the easiest way to reduce your energy consumption is by purchasing energy efficient light bulbs. While these light bulbs will be more expensive than the traditional variety, they should reduce your electricity use and thus your bill in the long run. They also can be easily screwed onto most lighting appliances.
-Install A Smart Thermostat. While traditional thermostats are capable of setting and maintaining a home temperature, a new model of “smart” thermostat can actively regulate the temperature in your house so as to maximize comfort and minimize consumption. It does this by learning habitation trends, sensing moving, and responding quickly to changes in the outside climate.
-Automate Your Home. Automating your home not only allows for greater convenience and security, but it also can help the environment in the process. This is because automation makes it easy to control lights from afar, meaning that you don’t need to waste energy for the full length of time that you’re out of the house. Furthermore, with automation you can use master controls to “unplug” appliances and save a considerable amount of electricity. While automation systems are often expensive to install, you can easily do it yourself with a few cameras, an X10 protocol system, and a software program such as heyu that can help you acquire remote access.
-Compost Your Produce. Compost pits are easy to install and maintain, especially if you use a step-by-step kit and have enough garden space. Once it is set up, moreover, the compost pit can tremendously reduce your waste by naturally breaking apart your produce remains.
-Insulate Your Walls. Adding insulation to your walls is a great and easy way to minimize the energy you lose during the middle of the winter and of the summer. If adding insulation cannot be easily done on your own, you can still head up to your attic and layer insulation upon your attic floor. Since most heat is lost through a home’s roof, this will still be beneficial during the winter season.
These are just a few of the many ways that you can go green with a DIY project. Not only are most of these approaches easy and inexpensive to implement, but they can also save you a considerable amount of money on utility costs down the road.