The term “living green” is heard all over the US, but what does it really mean to homeowners? Going green or sustainable living refers to making your home environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. Having an efficient and sustainable home isn’t just for Earth Day. Going green helps the environment and helps you save green…as in cash! Here are five ways you can make your home more green.

1.  Eco-friendly window coverings.

Green window coverings can help save on heating and cooling costs and help the environment. Some options include energy efficient window shades, bamboo blinds, and organic cotton curtains.

2.  Turn down the lights.

Homeowners can save up to 60% on energy costs with light control solutions such as dimmer switches. Another option is replacing regular bulbs with energy efficient bulbs. CFL’s will use about 75% less energy and about 75% less heat which can cut energy costs associated with home cooling according to www.energystar.gov.

3.   Ceiling fans are your friends!

Air conditioning eats a lot of energy and electricity. Finding alternate means of cooling will save energy and utility costs. An Energy Star ceiling fan is over 50% more efficient than conventional fan units and can save you more than $15 per year on utility bills. Just don’t forget to turn off the fan when it’s not in use.

4.  Are you insulating me?

Not having good insulation in your house causes the home to work harder to heat and cool, therefore using more energy. Dual pane windows, weather stripping, and foam insulation are examples of effective insulation to help save energy and decrease your carbon footprint. There’s even green rated building insulation available such as recycled paper, hemp flax, and recycled denim.

5.  Unplug and unwind.

Surprisingly, items like appliances and electronics still draw energy from your home even when they’re off. So unplug items when they’re not in use such as cell phone chargers, computers, curling irons, and toasters. It takes a mere minute to do, and could save over $250 a year in utility costs.

Make the effort to make your home more green. Mother nature and your wallet will thank you!

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