Posted By Carolyn on April 28, 2012
Changing to a Green Home is easy with these tips. We live in a world that is powered by electricity, and the problem with that, is that it is taking a toll on our environment. Although we all are guilty of using the environment in a way that may be destroying it, it’s never too late to change the way we live.
More and more, people are discovering a whole new world when it comes to living green. Living green may sound like a clichéd word, but living a life that is green helps the earth to rejuvenate. If you are someone that is ready to make a change, and want to know how to live a greener life, follow these rules, and make the change.
Living green can start with simply visiting your local hardware store. You will be able to find information on a number of green living objects.
One of the most popular ways that people make their home greener is by using LED light bulbs. LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are solid light bulbs, which are extremely energy-efficient. LED light bulbs lower your energy bill, and use less power than a normal light bulb. Or you could choose CFL lights (compact florescent light bulbs). CFLs are an excellent source of energy-efficient lighting, but they are not always the best choice for all lighting applications. You can find a comparison chart of LED and CFL light bulbs at Earth Easy. Saving energy and money can be as easy as changing a light bulb. This might make the decision a little easier, especially when you can get free CFLs from Duke Energy.
Another great tip to changing to a green home is to audit your appliances. Believe it or not, your appliances could be sucking the life out of your home, and by replacing those appliances with energy efficient ones, you can cut the cost of your energy bill in half. If you’re not sure how to audit your appliances, you can hire a professional to come out your home, and he or she will let you know what appliances are using the most energy.
You can improve those energy costs by doing some routine maintenance, such as cleaning your refrigerator coils every six months. As dust accumulates on the condenser coils on the rear or bottom of the fridge, it restricts cool-air flow and forces the unit to work harder and longer than necessary.
Duke Energy offers a program called Super Saver Program that will pay you a rebate if you install new qualifying appliances or heating and cooling equipment in your home. When a participating heating dealer or builder installs a new qualifying high efficiency system(s) in your home, the dealer or builder will submit an application for your rebate.
Solar panels are also another great way to save on your energy bill, and make your home green. You can install enough solar panels to offset your entire electricity bill or just a portion of it. To get them installed, you can hire a professional, and he or she will perform an energy audit and show you what kind of return on investment you will get by installing solar panels on your roof. . We like Eco Environments because they know solar and heating and cooling equipment (www.Ecoenvironments.com)
Living green is easy, it doesn’t take sacrificing your life or time, and with just a few purchases, you can have a home that is green and easy on your wallet.
Or, you can start from the ground up by building a green home. Potterhill Homes is currently building a net zero home in the 50th Cincinnati Homearama. Stop by and talk to one of our consultants about building your own green home. Our net zero homes will allow you to help save the planet and your money.