Over the past couple of years, there’s been a push towards adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle across the country. In May, California lawmakers made history by announcing that nearly all new homes built in the Golden State from 2020 onward will be required to have solar panels – making California the first state in the country to implement such a pro-green stance.
Naturally, California’s bold move has reignited the conversation on renewable energy and sustainable living. People everywhere are looking for ways to reduce energy consumption and cut back on wastage. Here are four ways you can go green in your household:
1. Stick an aerator on your faucet
An aerator is a simple adaptor attached to the tip of your indoor water faucet. Sold at most major hardware stores, this device cuts back on water wastage by regulating the amount of water that comes from your tap. Using an aerator reduces water spillage, which also helps to cut back on energy consumption by causing less hot water to be wasted.
2. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs
Light bulbs have come a long way since the old incandescent bulbs you grew up with. These days, LED light bulbs are brighter, last up to five times longer, and do wonders for cutting back on your power bill.
3. Install energy-saving windows
There’s nothing quite like the intensity of a Florida summer to make you appreciate one of the most taken-for-granted technological developments, air conditioning, for making the summer months manageable. Most people are more than happy to pay a higher electricity bill to stay comfortable during the summer, but thanks to the development of energy-saving windows, they don’t have to. Specially designed to lock in heat during winter and retain cool air in the summer months, energy-saving save on electricity by acting as an additional insulator in your home. That way, you end up spending less money powering your HVAC unit and reduce energy expenditure.
4. Buy low-energy appliances
When it comes time to replace that refrigerator, washing machine, or tumble dryer, look for appliances with that bright blue logo that says “Energy Star.” These appliances use less energy than their traditional counterparts, helping homeowners save money on their power bills while promoting a greener lifestyle.
Every Little Bit Helps
Taking the effort to build a green household doesn’t just save you money in the long run, it also helps the environment. Even if you don’t have solar panels or an electric car in your garage, these simple changes can go a long way in the push towards greater sustainability.
If you’re getting ready to buy or sell a house in Florida, the Edge Group at Keller Williams can help you every step of the way.