6 Ways to Make Your Home Greener

Posted on June 7, 2013 in Green Ideas

green homeAt P.J. Fitzpatrick, we care about the environment and we know that many homeowners do as well. Whether you’ve been taking measures to reduce your carbon footprint for a while or are just getting started, we’ve got some great tips on how to make your home greener.

1. Replace Your Appliances

Have you had the same appliances for 10 years? Chances are they’re not the most energy-efficient models. Replace your old dishwasher or refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR-approved one and you’ll reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.

2. Insulate Your Walls and Attic

Many older homes are under-insulated, which means that they’re losing heat. Proper insulation will keep the heat in your home during the winter and will keep heat out of your home during the summer. This means you’ll use less energy to keep your home at the proper temperature.

3. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

With a programmable thermostat, you won’t have to worry about changing the temperature of your home when the temperature changes outside – you can program it. You can also use it to reduce the amount of heat or air conditioning you use while you’re not home and save yourself money and energy.

4. Replace Your Windows

By replacing your old windows with energy-efficient windows, you can prevent your heat or air conditioning from escaping and keep your energy bills low. We can provide expert window installations using windows made from green, recycled materials.

5. Use LED Light Bulbs

LED light bulbs are much more energy efficient than regular incandescent light bulbs. They last up to 40 times longer, use half the power, and release a fraction of the CO2 emissions that incandescent bulbs do. Plus, they’ll save you money on your annual operating costs.

6. Update Your Landscaping

It may be hard to believe, but your landscaping can help keep your home at the right temperature. If you plant trees that lose their leaves on the southern and western sides of your home, they will block the sun’s rays in the summer to keep your home cool and when they lose their leaves in the winter, they’ll let more sunlight in to warm your home.

For more ways to make your home greener (or to set up an appointment for our home improvement services), contact P.J. Fitzpatrick today.

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