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Green Living Tips for a Better Environment

Green living tips for a better environment.

With all the focus on green living recently, you may be wondering what you can do to make your home and lifestyle more green-friendly. It can be hard to know where to start or how to proceed while maintaining your and your family’s comfort. Thankfully, to make a big difference, sometimes the changes can be very small. Try these simple life changes to make the home you have conducive to green living. And if you’re considering a bigger change, check out our easy home design process.

Unplug when leaving the room

Just flipping a switch when you leave a room can make a huge difference when it comes to green living. So, shut off the lights when you leave the house, turn off the bathroom light when you leave, and check that rooms aren’t lit up when no one is occupying them. This doesn’t really affect your lifestyle or enjoyment of your home and takes little effort from you other than flipping a switch—and once you are in the habit, that won’t even feel like an effort!

Another small trick to help you toward green living is to unplug devices when they are not in use. This can also conserve energy without effecting your usage or enjoyment. Not to mention, plug-load costs can add up over the course of the year.

Use energy-efficient light bulbs

Green living can be as simple as the lightbulbs you choose. Not only do energy-efficient light bulbs last longer and use less energy, they cost you less. On average an energy-efficient lightbulb bill saves you between $30-$80 over the life of that light bulb. How is that for green living! Just think, how many light bulbs do you have in your home?

Want to further reduce your energy usage while saving more? Check out our energy auditing services.

Use cooler water for laundry, showers, and dishes

Cooler water takes less energy to heat—and using less energy is essential to green living. Try setting your water heater to between 120 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit. This reduces both energy use and the financial expense. For an added bonus opt for washing your clothes with the cold water setting on your washer.

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If you are looking for more guidance or help further improving your green living through remodeling, please look into HTPB’s green-living remodeling. Improving your carbon footprint doesn’t have to be hard or taken on alone!

About the author

Ken Reusser

Ken Reusser

After taking the reins as part owner and project supervisor for HTP Builders in 2011, Ken began to use his extensive industry knowledge to meet the needs of each individual he works with. He is a certified journeyman carpenter with over 19 years of experience and holds a number of crucial industry certifications.

Ken Reusser’s philosophy is simple: Your project is as much about partnership as it is craftsmanship.