Making Your Home Eco-Friendly

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By Diego Arteaga, Mortgage Loan Officer

As we become more conscious about our environment, having an eco-friendly home is becoming a priority for many homeowners. An eco-friendly home is not only going to help contribute to a sustainable environment, but it can also lead to big savings over time.

Some of the most practical ways to make your home eco-friendly are through insulation, energy-efficient bulbs, and smart thermometers.

Insulation

Having the proper insulation in a home allows homeowners to trap the heat inside of the house, which decreases the use of gas needed to properly heat the space. The most common ways to insulate are:

  1. Sealing drafty doorways and windows
  2. Installing blackout curtains
  3. Setting your ceiling fan to reverse
  4. Closing your chimney when it’s not in use

Energy-Efficient Bulbs

CFL and LED bulbs use less energy and last longer than the incandescent bulbs, which have an impact on energy bills. Although CFL and LED bulbs are more expensive, they will not have to be replaced as often, saving you money in the long-run.

Smart Thermostats

Gas bills can add up, especially during the winter. One of the best ways to combat the expense is by investing in a smart thermometer, like the Google Nest or Ecobee. Smart thermostats allow you to program your heat and AC on the go. For example, you can crank the heat up a few hours before you get home, or turn it down when you’re not there – there’s an app for that! As smart products become increasingly popular, the price has gone down, but they’re still not cheap. However, you will see a big difference in your energy bill when the heat is being used efficiently.

These are just a few ways to help the environment and save some money. Who would have thought that you could be environmentally friendly while keeping more money in your wallet at the same time?