People are developing a greater interest in reducing their carbon footprint. With these tips, going green does not have to mean a significant alteration to your lifestyle, or to your savings.
- Have an energy audit completed on your home — Inspectors will do a comprehensive evaluation of the energy efficient of your home, and provide you with a list of recommended upgrades.
- If you have single pane aluminum windows, think about investing in an upgrade. Those old windows are great if you’ve accidentally locked your keys inside the house, but they’re not helping you pay your heating bill! The thermal and sound efficiency of today’s windows has improved by leaps and bounds.
- Blow insulation into your attic space, and stuff it in your walls. You shouldn’t feel a cold breeze blowing across the back of your neck when all the doors and windows are closed, unless you have ghosts.
- You’ve heard of the 100 Mile diet? Works for finishes too. When sourcing fixtures and finishes, find out not only where they came from, but where they were manufactured. With a little research, and the help of a good designer, you can find plenty of local manufacturers who are quite competitive with overseas producers.
- Beware of “green”. Some companies use the word green casually in an effort to make us think their product is an environmentally responsible choice. Talk to the sales representative or your designer about what products might be the best options for you.