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Becoming green and more eco-friendly has many advantages:  lower energy bills, a healthier home and better outdoor environment to enjoy, all of which are money savers!  Besides, striving to be green is trying to makes things better than how you found them, and that feels good!

According to a November 2010 survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), 77% of those polled said green homes are somewhat or very important. What are easy and cost effective ways to make your home more energy and water efficient? The basic rule of thumb is this: Give critical parts of your house a tune-up, and replace old appliances and water fixtures with ones that are have high Energy Star or Water Sense ratings.

 

Here are some Green Home Maintenance Tips:

Change Filters—your heating/air conditioning unit will work harder if the filter is dirty.  During constant use, change once a month.  Every few years, clean out the dryer vent line so it won't become a fire hazard.

Seal Leaks—during extreme temperature difference, feel to see if the outside air is coming in through exterior doors, windows, even electrical outlets.  Check duct lines in the attic that joints are tight and well insulated.  Make sure your attic has sufficient insulation.  You may want to hire a professional to do an energy audit with an infrared sensor.  It will show areas that are not well insulated.

Annual Service—have your ac unit checked out once a year to keep it in top shape.  Drain your hot water heater to avoid mineral build up at the base, use the water to soak a tree!  Remember to put fresh batteries in your smoke detectors every year too.

Redecorating—choose zero or low VOC paint, non-formaldehyde treated cabinets or furniture, and natural material flooring and cleaners when possible.  Homes have become more airtight, making it important to not using products that off gas toxins! 

 

Tips on Reducing Energy Use:

Efficient Windows help maintain your indoor climate and protect your furniture and carpet from fading while enjoying natural light.

Efficient Lighting incandescent lights are to be phased out despite the concerns of carcinogenic toxics in fluorescent lights and LED lights. German Scientists recently recommended  to not leave CFL lights on for extended periods, and to not have them near one’s head.  If either break, wear protective gear to clean it up, dispose of the cleaning materials and bulb, or any burned out bulbs at a toxic recycle center so they won't harm others. 

Ceiling Fans breeze help you feel cooler, just turn them off along with the lights when you leave the room! 

Programmable Thermostat--Don't optimally heat or cool a house if no one's home.  Program the thermostat accordingly to save money.

Dedicated Power Surge Strips—Plug your infrequently used peripherals into one strip, e.g. DVD player, Home Theater, etc. that otherwise would use electricity being on standby, and turn the strip off, or unplug.  When you are ready to watch a movie, turn the power back on via the strip and you’re good to go.

 

Tips on Conserving Water:

Low-flow is the way to go

For a typical family this is what you can annually save replacing a ten year old unit with a Water Sense product: Toilet 4,000-15,000 gallons of water; Faucet 11,800 gallons, Clothes washer 5,000 gallons, Showerhead 2,300 gallons of water a year. Get into the habit of turning off the water while you brush your teeth or shave. Use a basin to collect the water when you rinse your produce, and pour it on a plant. (shower photo by toydog)

Hug a tree or three
Trees not only shade the home, they can create an outdoor oasis. So plant a tree; they’ll lower your cooling costs, and the oxygen they produce is good for the environment.

The thing to remember is that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to go “green.” With a little research, anyone can find ways to make their home more environmentally friendly and cost efficient.

 

God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an  abundance for every good work.   2 Corinthians 6: 8

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