Taking care of the Earth and reducing our home’s carbon footprint are common goals for many Connecticut homeowners. Sometimes, making small changes to our daily routines can make the biggest impact. We’ve collected this list of simple green tips so you can get started right away!
1. Address Your Electronics
Most of the electronics in your home–computers, televisions, gaming systems–draw a small amount of energy when they are powered off. Cut down on this unnecessary use by plugging electronics into a power strip, and then shutting off the power strip at the end of the day. Or, go high-tech with a smart power strip that will help you reduce your energy consumption.
2. Rethink Your Lighting
By now you’ve probably read a dozen lists of green tips that tell you to replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps, (CFL’s). Or, you can take it one step further with LED bulbs. LED’s are even more energy efficient than CFL’s, and have an average lifespan of 20+ years. Plus, some LED bulbs can be connected to smart home devices like Amazon’s Echo for a customizable experience.
3. Adjust Your Thermostat
Another popular item that appears on green tips lists are thermostats. While turning down the temperature a few degrees can help you save energy, today’s technological advances have made the thermostat much more dynamic. Take Nest’s learning thermostat for example. After just one week, it learns your preferences and then starts programming itself. Plus, if your routine changes, it will pick up on any preference changes within a day or two.
4. Use Less Water
Dripping water and running faucets are a persistent source of waste for CT homeowners. Want a lower water bill? Start by fixing leaky faucets, and try installing an aerator that will cut down the amount of water needed for basic tasks. Next, replace your old shower head with a low-flow option. Today’s choices are much better than the insufficient shower heads of years past, so don’t wait any longer to pick up a new one at your local hardware store.
5. Close up Leaky Windows and Doors
Your heating and cooling system use about half of all the energy in your home. By helping them to be more effective and efficient, you’ll reduce your energy consumption and your carbon footprint. Make a trip around the home with some caulk and weatherstripping, and seal up those leaky windows and doors.
6. Upgrade Your Insulation
Another way to help your HVAC system be more efficient is to bulk up your insulation. Useful in both summer and winter, insulation helps keep expensive heated and cooled air inside your home while keeping harsh outdoor weather out. Go big, and re-insulate your attic, or start small, and install thermal shades on your windows to block the sun in the summer and keep heat in during the winter.
7. Get Your Home Energy Assessment
A home energy assessment from a trained Energy Monster adviser is a one-stop solution for incorporating green tips quickly and easily. We’ll perform an in-depth analysis of your home from top to bottom–including your basement and attic–and create a personalized report.
Once your testing and report are complete, we’ll get to work right away to make the following updates to your home:
- Professional Duct and Air Sealing. Help your heating and cooling system use less energy and keep your home more comfortable by keeping indoor air where it belongs.
- Light Bulb Swap. Say goodbye to any out-of-date light bulbs you have left. We’ll replace your current bulbs with CFL’s or LED’s.
- Water Conservation. We’ll give your water heater a break by insulating hot water pipes to reduce heat loss. Then, you’ll get low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators to minimize water waste.
Before we leave, you’ll get a copy of your report along with a complete list of any rebates or special offers you may qualify for. That way, if you’re thinking of upgrading any of your appliances, you can get the most for your money.
Schedule Your Energy Assessment
If you’re ready to put these green tips to use and have a professional adviser help you through the process, schedule your home energy assessment today. Simply stop by and fill out the form, and we’ll take it from there.Return to Blog