This summer, as our schedules are a little looser, daylight hours are longer, and nature’s beauty inspires our souls, take time to evaluate the efficiency and green efforts of your home. This is the perfect time to make your home efficient and green!
Install a programmable thermostat for energy efficiency and family harmony. Instead of constant arguments over the house temperature, install a programmable thermostat and agree on the program. Not only will everybody keep their cool (or heat!), but you’ll save money too. According to Consumer Reports, the thermostat pays for itself in less than a year if you set it automatically to lower your house temperature by 5 to 10 degrees while you’re out, and again at night when you’re sleeping.
Green your home — literally — with plants. Houseplants can add the feeling of bringing the outdoors into your home, and they also help serve a more practical purpose: purifying the air. Plants can absorb toxic substances in the air, and release oxygen into your home. NASA has even done studies on house plants as a means of purifying the air in space stations. When picking out houseplants, be sure to research types that are safe to keep around small children and pets.
Commit to greening your home. Take a walk around your house and survey for opportunities to ‘green’ your space. Switch to energy efficient CFL (compact fluorescent lights) bulbs; look for areas that are drafty and could be improved with additional installation or weather stripping, and set up a recycling station in your garage to help reduce waste. These small updates can add up to energy savings in the long run too.
Simple home renovations and small projects that are aesthetically enjoyable may also turn out to be energy efficient. Updating a bathroom’s leaky faucet, replacing a temperamental outlet, sealing cracks in window panes are usually resolved with home projects thus in the end saving you money on utility bills.
Jeff’s Carpentry Loves Efficiency
Jeff’s Carpentry helps clients plan and design new home construction and home renovations with energy efficiency in mind. With over 30 years of hands on experience, Jeff DeNicola is a leading contractor in Monmouth county. Jeff welcomes the opportunity for you to choose Jeff’s Carpentry for all of your home improvement needs. Make your home efficient and green with the help of Jeff’s Carpentry.