Home Improvements for a Green Summer

As you are writing your to-do list for the rest of the summer, consider doing some home improvements to make your house more eco-friendly. Not only is a green home better for the environment, but it can also save you money in the long run because it will be more energy efficient. Plus, who doesn’t want to be able to stay cooler in warm months and warmer in cool ones?

Not all green home improvements are complex and budget busting either. Something as simple as changing your lightbulbs to compact fluorescent ones can help you use much less energy. Incandescent lightbulbs actually use 70 percent more energy to run than compact fluorescent lightbulbs.

In the summer, most of the energy use in your home is used for temperature control. Simple things like installing sun blocking shades, blinds or curtains and keeping them drawn can reduce the temperature in your house. More complex improvements include adding some more insulation to your house or installing more energy efficient windows to keep extra heat from sneaking in your home.

Pay attention to your AC and thermostat as well to avoid wasting energy. Make sure your cooling equipment is maintained and that your thermostat is programmed at a reasonable temperature (many experts suggest somewhere near 78 degrees).  Programmable thermostats, like our emPower® products, can help save energy by changing the temperature during the day when you and your family isn’t home.

Not all eco-friendly home improvements are difficult. What ways would you like to make your home “greener” this summer?

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