Treasure Lake, PA: Green on the course and off.
Green Tips for Your Home
You do not have to spend thousands of dollars to save energy costs or improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Of course, if you are ready to replace furniture, cabinetry and carpeting, why not choose those that are more environmentally friendly and without toxic fumes? Or, replace old windows and appliances with Energy Star rated products and save energy costs. But there are a number of simple steps you can take every day that can help you “live green” without spending lot of green.
Low or No Cost Green Tips
- Change light bulbs to CFLs or LEDs
- Unplug electronic equipment and lamp s when not in use
- Place aerators on faucets
- Set thermostats five degrees lower for heat and five degrees higher for air conditioning
- Only run dishwashers and clothes washers when you have a full load
- Add insulation in your attic
- Make sure your fireplace damper is closed when the fireplace is not in use
- Look for energy ratings on products you buy
- When purchasing cabinetry, furniture, wood (for indoor and outdoor use), paint, stain,carpeting and insulation, ask for products with reduced VOCs and other harmful chemicals
- Make sure your car’s tires have the proper air pressure
- Consider adding compost and rain water collectors in your yard
- Check labels on cleaning products to avoid harmful substances to the environment and your health
- Choose indigenous plantings for your yard that require less watering
- Walk or use public transportation
You can go further with an Energy Audit done by experienced professionals who can identify energy loss in your home and ways you can make improvements.
Solar Placement Tests will determine if your home could benefit from adding solar options.
Choose a “Green” Real Estate Professional. When selling or buying a home, look for Realtors® with the green ” designation after their names. They can point out a home’s green features and guide you to cost saving and value added green resources.