With climate change being a hot topic recently, it is smart to be informed on ways that you can make your exterior more eco-friendly. Most of these energy saving solutions will also help your pocketbook due to the savings on energy bills.
1. Set a timer or motion detector for lights
Motion detectors are great for the lights located on the side or back of your home. They will turn on when you need them to and save energy when you don’t.
A timer is great for the lights on the front of your home so that they are on at all dark hours, but you don’t have to remember to turn them off when the sun comes out.
Insulation is very important for the efficiency of one’s home. It keeps the hot or cold air you are paying to have in your home indoors so it does not get wasted. It also helps to prevent unwarranted things like ice dams from forming.
3. Repair leaks
A leaky pipe can waste gallons of water a day. There is also a great chance that the issue will get worse and you will be stuck with a flood of water that ruins interior parts of your home. Fix leaks right away!
4. Grow plants
Plants are both beautiful and produce oxygen for the surrounding environment. They are also relatively cheap and many are very low maintenance. Add some to your home’s exterior for a little flair!
5. Check for radon in soil
Radon is a naturally radioactive substance that resides in soil. If it is in the soil in your yard, you may be exposed causing potential health problems down the road. You can check for radon with a kit from the home improvement store. If the level is above 4, action should be taken.
6. Use recycled or reclaimed materials
Almost all products that you could put on your home can be made with recyclable materials. This reduces the amount of waste created from using brand new resources for your product.
7. Use energy efficient lights
Conserve electricity by using LED bulbs which use 90% less energy than other types of bulbs and last much longer. This one is simple and cheap! Replace your interior and exterior light bulbs with energy efficient lights.
8. Install innovative technology
You have probably heard of the garage door openers that you can control from your phone. Did you know that there are systems similar to this for your electricity and other home functions? Things like turning off all of your home’s lights can be as easy as the press of a single button.
9. Create a drainage system that directs runoff into your plants and grass for watering
Design a rock path or another water collection system that you can water your plants with. By doing this you will not have to use fresh water from the hose.
10. Have a compost area
Create a compost bin with organic ingredients like leftover food, yard rubbish, or coffee grounds. Don’t rush the process, it can take anywhere from 3-12 months. When it’s done, place the compost on top of exposed soil and it will give your plants natural nutrients, helps conserve water, and reduces waste!
11. Eco-friendly outdoor furniture
There are many brands that use furniture made from recycled materials that is long lasting. Bamboo is a great source because it is easily renewable and low maintenance! Glass, iron, and other types of wood are also used to create sustainable furniture.
12. Energy efficient windows
There are multiple options when it comes to energy efficient windows. Energy efficient windows reduce the drafts that transfer from indoors to outdoors. This seals off the heat or air conditioning you are paying for from escaping. They also will reduce the condensation that may cause your windows to fog or freeze.
13. Skylights and large windows
Skylights and large windows is a great way to bring in natural light during the day time. The energy that is currently used to light homes is not renewable and produces harmful emissions.
14. Cool roof or Tesla roof
Cool roofs reflect solar rays so that the home does not absorb heat. If you live in a hot climate, this can significantly reduce the temperature of your home. The new Tesla roof, however, absorbs solar rays and saves the energy to run electricity in your home. Check out the full benefits here: https://www.tesla.com/solar
15. Plant trees for shade
Planting trees is helpful for many reasons. Not only do trees purify the air, they reduce the cooling cost for your home by producing shade, increase your privacy, and decrease your carbon footprint.
16. Use VOC-free or low-VOC products
Paints, glues, and many other products contain volatile organic compounds which are harmful for your health. Look for VOC-free or low products to reduce your contact with the chemicals.
17. Eco-friendly siding
If you are already picking out siding, why not go with a green option and make a difference. Find which type of eco-friendly siding is right for you by talking to an expert.
Obviously, there are many more ways to be eco-friendly in your home! As a general rule, try to choose natural products and don’t waste resources unless you need them. Turn off your electricity, gas, and water appliances when you can!