With our energy and water sources depleting, people have begun to sit up and take notice. There are things that we can do to preserve our environment, and where we live. I am going to show you how to make your properties into eco friendly homes. This will be simple fixes to make, some which can be more expensive than others, but all designed to save water and electricity.
The first step is determining how old your windows are in your home. If they are very old, they will need replacing with double glazed windows, which are energy efficient. They keep the heat and the air conditioning in the home. This can be costly, but think about all the money in electricity you will be saving by installing these kind of windows.
Insulation is a huge saver of energy for your home. To get the most out of your insulation, your ceiling and walls will have to be done. A contractor will have to do this work for you. They will either blow the insulation into the attic or use the rolls of this product. The roll is also used in the walls between the wooden planks.
Let us talk about solar panels. Solar panels were invented to not only save energy, but make energy for your home usage. It literally turns the suns powerful rays into energy to run your appliances and lights. These sit on the roof and store energy during the day. This is one of the best things you can do for your home, and will eventually pay for itself.
When you finally decide that you need new appliances, before purchasing go look at them and make sure they are energy efficient. Most appliances these days are, so finding them would be no trouble at all. A must to replace is the refrigerator, washer and dryer, and if you need one a dishwasher as well. All of these new purchases will save up to 40 percent of the electricity that your old machines normally consume.
A small, but very effective way to save energy is as simple as replacing a few light bulbs. By replacing every bulb you have with the new energy efficient light bulbs you will be saving a lot of electricity in your home. Another reason to change bulbs is the new ones last for months and months without burning out. You will start noticing your light bill going down for a change.
Other ways to conserve our resources would be to turn off the water when brushing your teeth, having a water saving toilet tank to save water. Turning off lights when leaving a room, unplug small appliances when not in use, when they are plugged in it is still consuming electricity. Use a toaster oven instead of the large stove, toaster ovens use much less energy.
To sum it up, you now have a few ideas of getting your homes partially eco friendly. Do what you can now to upgrade your space with green building materials, and add to it. For example you could add energy saving appliances one at a time. All of the eco upgrades that you add now will pay off in the future when and if you ever decide to sell your homes. You will appreciate the savings when you start receiving the light bills.