How to ‘Green’ Your House from the insidePosted by at July 18, 2012 in Green House
Going “Green” is a big deal these days. Many homeowners are looking for ways of turning their homes eco-friendly and there are a number of ways that you can do this. If you are looking to make your home more energy efficient, you can begin in the kitchen. There are a few things that you can do in the kitchen to make your home use less energy.
- Check Lighting – In order to be truly sustainable, you will need to use energy efficient lighting. The kitchen is a place where you certainly do not want to hold back on lighting but this does not mean that your lighting has to use a lot of energy. Task lighting is an excellent choice for kitchen areas and you can even route your lighting system through a motion detector so that your lights will automatically turn off when there is no one in the kitchen. Natural light is also vital for making your home truly “green.” Be sure that you are allowing enough daylight to filter in by opening curtains or using sheer window treatments.
- Check Appliances – Appliances are designed today to offer more energy efficiency. Your choice of refrigerators and range cookers is vital in turning your home “green.” Be certain that you select appliances that carry an energy efficient capability. You can also check electricity tariffs and run your appliances during times that are considered off-peak for electrical use. Remember that A-rated kitchen appliances are the most energy efficient and will help you to save money in the long run by lowering your overall energy costs. You can also choose to purchase gas range cookers as opposed to electric if you really want to lower your energy usage.
- Check Furnishings – If you are truly trying to turn your home green you should check your furnishings are friendly to the environment. There are a number of environmentally friendly choices on the market today, many using sustainable materials or recycled products.
Whether you are planning to remodel your current kitchen or you want to build a new home and plan to ensure that it offers energy efficiency, there are a number of things that you can do to ensure it is “green” throughout your home. You can use many of the kitchen items that you already have, simply plan around where your changes are going. When it comes to energy efficiency, the kitchen is the first place to begin as appliances are often the main cause of energy usage in the home. Take some time and determine what type of remodeling you want to do and then plan accordingly by selecting energy efficient range cookers and refrigerators as well as dishwashers and other appliances. Making just a few changes will help you to create a “green” home that you can be proud of and one that helps you to save money.
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