Who's Ready to Go Green in 2018?
If you are yet to decide on a meaningful New Year’s Resolution for 2018, how about going green? We all know the importance of being as energy efficient as possible in order to protect our beautiful planet. However, we aren’t always aware of the changes we can make in order to make a difference. We often assume that they are going to be too difficult or expensive, or that they won’t make much of an impact. This isn’t the case. Below, you will find some green changes that are easy to implement in your home and can have a great impact.
Lower your thermostat – Let’s start with a really easy one; lowering your thermostat. Adopt this habit, especially when you are away from home. You can save 5% to 15% of energy each year by reducing your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees.
Embrace automation – This is something that was born out of entertainment ease, enabling you to watch your most loved television programs at times that are convenient for you. However, automation has evolved over the years, and the potential is enormous. You can read this recent article for more information. You will see how home automation can help you to control all of your lifestyle aspects, making it a cost-effective and, more importantly, eco-friendly choice for homeowners. When done correctly, automation can help you to consume less of the power that makes the systems in your house work, live more comfortably, and reduce your expenditure on utility bills.
Perform an energy audit – Another way to reduce the amount of energy you consume is quite simple: invest in an energy audit. It is a good idea to get a professional to come round to your home and assess the energy you use, and provide their opinion on where you are going wrong and where you are going right. It can be very eye opening, to say the least.
Replace incandescent bulbs – One of the easiest and most effective ways to become more energy efficient is to replace your incandescent light bulbs with light-emitting diode bulbs, or in terms you are probably more familiar with, LED bulbs. Yes, LED bulbs may cost a little bit more outright, but they will last for far longer, saving you tons of money in the long run and helping you to go green in 2018.
Turn off unnecessary water – There have been a number of studies that have shown that people can save a considerable sum of money per year by making small changes to their water usage. By taking showers more regularly than baths, you will save a huge amount of water. Not only this, but you should be conscious of running water while shaving or brushing your teeth. Plus, avoid doing half-loads of laundry in your washer. Not only does this waste more water, but more electricity too.
So there you have it: why not go green in 2018 with the suggestions that have been mentioned above? Not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, but you will also save some money in the process too. It’s a win-win situation!