Making your home environmentally-friendly does not have to require major renovations. Often the small changes save the most money and make the biggest impacts. Here are three small projects you can undertake this weekend to make your home a bit greener.
Install a Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters create hot water as you need it and they do it efficiently. FH Furr even has a countdown for homeowners to implement and meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s new water heater regulations for higher energy factor rating standards. Not only does this prevent the onslaught of cold water when your water tank runs out, but it also means the heater is not using extra energy to keep water in storage warm. They are up to 34 percent more energy efficient than conventional water heaters and long-lasting. The typical lifespan for a tank water heater is 10 to 15 years while tankless water heaters can last more than 20 years.
This makes tankless water heaters green for their energy use and the fact that they will not be occupying a landfill anytime soon. Many models can be installed by homeowners fairly easily but make sure you thoroughly review manufacturer’s recommendations.
Repair and Insulate Windows
Windows can leak heat in the winter and allow heat in during the summer. Winterizing windows with plastic film can prove cost-effective but windows over 15 years old may have reached that point where avoiding draftiness and leaks is impossible.
However, you may not have to replace your windows. If you check and replace insulation, seal air leaks, and repair any cracks, and you will likely save energy and have a greener home. Many of these tasks can be accomplished with less money and with kits you find in home improvement stores. If Windows are too far gone, look into replacing them with energy efficient brands.
Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
Keeping the thermostat at 62 to 68 degrees saves money. But what if your thermostat can adjust the temperature by observing your patterns?
Well the technology is here and it’s only going to be more and more popular within homes. Smart thermostats program themselves to adjust to the user’s movements and temperature adjustments. You can also change their setting through a smartphone, so if you are working late, you can instruct the thermostat to increase the temperature later in the evening. However, if you are busy and the thermostat is the last thing on your mind, it will adjust automatically after monitoring your habits.
These gadgets can also help in the summer with controlling cooling costs. Changing out a thermostat is a reasonable do-it-yourself project that can lead to cost and energy savings for your green home.
An environmentally-friendly home makes the best use of available technology to decrease energy use which supports limiting impacts to both the planet and your pocketbook. If you are up for a weekend project, consider these suggestions a great start in developing a greener home