Going green is an excellent idea, not just for the environment, but for your wallet. By reducing the amount of resources you use on a regular basis, you can save money on your monthly bills, especially with your utility costs. Here are just a few simple projects you can do to make your home greener, and save some green yourself along the way.
1. Consider Renewable Energy
For some reason, many people think that solar panels are unsightly, but they will be the paneling of the future. Most homes are sure to have it as renewable energy becomes more common, and more necessary. You can get ahead of the curve by installing solar panels on your home now. In the summer sun, these panels can help you save a lot of money. With enough of them, you could even turn a small profit selling energy back to the grid. Either way, installing solar panels can help you reduce your monthly power bill by a fairly substantial amount, especially since Edmonton summer days can give your extra hours of sun power.
2. Think Smaller
If you’re looking at homes, consider this: a smaller home uses less resources. It takes less power to heat it up in the winter and significantly less power in the summer to keep it cool. They require less power to light up as well. And with the right renovations and decorating, you can create amazing, multi-use spaces that everyone will love. Forget that strange sitting room at the front of the home used by your pets and once at Christmas. Think smaller and save.
3. Swap Out Old Systems
Furnaces and air conditioners are some of the biggest resource users in any home, and the older they are, the less efficient they run. By upgrading your heat and air, you can make your home more desirable on the market and save substantial amounts of money on your monthly bills. Older homes often need the upgrade, so be sure to look at the furnace and air system when buying a resale. And consider swapping it out before you move in. That way, you can save money on your monthly heating and cooling costs.
Going green isn’t just a great idea for helping the environment, it’s a good idea for anyone who wants to save a little bit of money along the way. With the right simple renovations and changes to your home, you can consume less resources and, as a result, lower your monthly utility bills. Plus, a greener house is a great selling point for when you decide to move somewhere else.