Five Ways to Make Your Home Greener

Lowering our impact on the environment can go a long way toward protecting the Earth. The place we can start making change is the one we know best: our homes. Here are five ways you can make your house more eco-friendly; you will also save money over time in your energy and water bills.

Choose energy-efficient appliances. When it’s time to swap out that old refrigerator, washer, or other appliance with a new one, choose ones that are certified by Energy Star, which denotes products that meet a high level of energy efficiency.

Reduce water use. Install aerators on your faucets and change to low-flow shower heads. Outside your home, choose native vegetation for your landscaping.

Explore solar energy. Solar power can be harnessed to create electricity for your home, to heat water, and to improve indoor lighting. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy can help you find the right solar solutions for you.

Use no- to low-VOC products. Aim to use paints and cleaning products with low to no volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs may cause headaches, nausea, and irritation to the respiratory system, skin, and eyes, among other ailments.

Choose composting. Food waste in landfills generates methane, a greenhouse gas. Cut your carbon footprint by composting food scraps, except meat, in a backyard composting bin or even a worm bin.

Tip courtesy of U.S. Green Building Council[i]