12 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Green

People are now interested not just in living green, but specifically living in a home that is ecologically efficient. Yet, few resources are available for those who want to build, buy, or remodel their own home. Here are some easy ways to make your home green with less energy and environmentally sensitive.

Check your insulation and upgrade if needed, because underperforming insulation consumes a lot of energy and thus is a money waster. Since vinyl flooring wears out, replace it with recycled flooring like bamboo, linoleum, laminate, and other green alternatives. Plant various trees in order to provide shade for your home in the summer, which will cut down on air-conditioning. If your toilets at home are the older water-guzzlers, consider changing them with new low-water use types. Replace fixtures with low-flow rated models. Landscape your yard to use less water, and go with more walkways, flowerbeds, and drought-tolerant plants. When it is time to re-shingle, look for products that are made from recycled materials, such as steel panels or other recycled materials that look like tiles and shingles. When your standard light bulb blows out, replace it with energy-efficient ones that will save energy. When replacing old windows, replace them with energy-efficient double or triple pane products. Replace ageing appliances (10 years or more) with new energy-efficient models. When your furnace, AC, or water needs replacement, replace it with better unit. You may pay a little more up front, but you will save money in the end. These simple ways will give the readers some guidance they may need to easily become an ecologically responsible homeowner.