It has never been easier to make the decision to change your home to an environment-friendly house, and in the process, save some cash. All people share the responsibility to clean up the planet by reducing waste and pollution. Opportunities to accomplish this abound in every person’s place, and we need to begin avail ourselves of them. Lots of people’s income is wasted by having houses that are very inefficient.

Housing Insulation

Housing insulation standards were increased only some time ago, so majority of homes are not insulated very well. Bettering the insulation of your house is thus an obvious way to get started, firstly doing the attic and, if possible, the outside walls, then determining if the windows should perhaps be replaced with more efficient ones. Getting back any money spent on these improvements will be faster as energy costs increase.

Water Usage

Even though most folks do not drink enough water, in other ways we do nothing but squander water. We can save enormous volumes of water with one simple change; throwing out our exisitng ones and putting in water-saver lavatories. The old toilets that are in nearly every bathroom utilize three and a half gallons for each flush, which is quite a difference from the one and a quarter gallon that is used by the new high-efficiency ones. You could decrease your water bill substantially by doing just this one thing to make your dwelling more eco-friendly. Typical light bulbs are highly inefficient and are responsible for a lot of energy wastage in almost all homes.

Energy Efficiency

You would have to replace a compact fluorescent lightbulb only once per 10 standard lightbulbs, and you would have saved 85% of the energy. The extra upfront cost of the compact fluorescent bulbs is dwarfed by the long term savings, so don’t hesitate to make your house green in this way. Even better, you may want to go with even more efficient LED lights. Improving your home’s insulation will make your place more efficient all year long, because poor insulation lets heat escape in the winter and conversely lets it in in the summer. Your house can not be made properly green by improving just the insulation, you must get more efficient doors and windows too.

Yet another drain on energy is heating water for cleaning dishes and washing clothes. The effectiveness of modern powder detergents now allows cold water to be used for doing the laundry and the dishes. Your washing machine’s energy consumption is largely from having to heat the water, which can be done away with by using cold water. This is another easy way to make your home green. You may believe that using a dishwasher is a terrible thing, but you really use less water with a dishwasher than washing the dishes by hand. After you’ve read these tips, there’s no excuse for anyone not going green.