Make your home more eco-friendly than ever before with advanced technology and new design principles. Going green in your home can help reduce waste, conserve energy, and protect your health and the environment.
Start fostering an eco-friendly home with these simple tips.
The more water you save, the more sustainable your home is. Leaky faucets can waste a surprising amount of water—even if they are only slowly or occasionally dripping—so look for leaks and repair them as soon as possible. Take shorter showers whenever possible, and consider installing a low-flow showerhead to make your showers more efficient.
Quick showers use much less water than full baths, so minimize baths when you can. Finally, avoid running the tap during the duration of when you shave or brush your teeth. These little changes will get you on your way to using less water in no time.
Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
Preserving energy is one of the best ways to create an eco-friendly home. One way to do this is by installing energy-efficient light bulbs.
LED bulbs use approximately 75% less electricity when compared to incandescent bulbs. Not only that, but they last up to 25 times longer as well, meaning you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint and purchasing new light bulbs less often.
Compost Your Scraps
Plastic products aren’t the only concern when it comes to landfills contaminants. Many people assume that food scraps are harmless, and will decompose naturally. However, food waste in landfills is one of the most prevalent causes of methane gas being emitted into the atmosphere, a key cause of climate change.
Instead of throwing food scraps in the garbage, keep a bin handy for composting before moving them into the yard to safely break down. It’s easy to do, and the compost can be used to enrich your garden soil.
Large cooking appliances may use a lot of energy, but we all have to eat. Thankfully there are some ways to limit your electricity and gas usage while still making delicious meals for your family.
A pressure cooker will speed up your cooking times and use less energy, thus inspiring a more sustainable home, whether it’s a countertop electric model or a stovetop version. Using a toaster oven instead of a full-size appliance can similarly help. But, when you do need to run the big oven, it’s best to refrain from opening it as much as possible to avoid losing the energy built up inside and not losing heat.
It’s easier than ever to design a custom, eco-friendly home that will allow you to significantly reduce your carbon footprint, and finding the right custom home builder is the first step in the process. At Ridgeline Construction Group in Greenville, our experts will see your environmentally-friendly project through from conception to completion. Reach out to Ridgeline Construction Group to start turning your vision into a reality.