Welcome to this week’s installment of “New Home Owner Mondays.” As a new home owner, you may be looking for ways to make your home more sustainable while also cutting back on some of your utility bills. Here are some of our favorite (and simple) ways to green your home:
1. Start a compost pile – this will cut back on the waste you send to the landfill and produce nutrient dense soil amendments for your garden beds next year.
2. Plant a tree – this will add beauty and curb appeal while providing shade and absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
3. Set up a rain barrel to capture rainwater or snow meltoff for use in the garden, lawn, and for washing your car.
4. Use reclaimed or salvaged materials for your home improvement projects or shop at places like Habitat For Humanity’s ReStore for new and gently used goods at a fraction of their retail price.
5. Calculate and reduce your household water consumption – contact a local plumbing company to have your old fixtures such as toilets, showerheads and faucets replaced with modern low-flow models. While they are there you can also have them check for plumbing leaks, which can be very costly in the long run.
6. Use available technology to reduce energy use – installing a programmable thermostat or home occupancy sensor lights is a good place to start.
7. Air leaks or drafts can allow outdoor air in and also let out the air you pay to heat in the winter or air condition in the summer. Plugging or sealing air leaks appropriately can save you from wasting energy.
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