Imagine someone offered you a check for $3,000. Wouldn’t you take it? Most people would and yet, all too often, homeowners (or even home buyers and home sellers) fail to take advantage of green home design strategies that could save them thousands of dollars over the long run. Don’t let money slip through your fingers—implement these green home design ideas now.
Install Low-Flow Fixtures and Appliances
Heating water is one of the biggest drains of energy in your home—it eats up nearly 20% of the average residential utility bill, according to Energy.gov. Use less hot water by installing low-flow fixtures like showerheads and sink faucets, as well as replacing inefficient washing machines and dishwashers with newer, eco-friendly models. You probably won’t even notice you’re using less water until your utility bill gives you sticker shock (in a good way).
Bonus green home design tip: Fix leaky faucets and pipes. You can save up to $35 per year just stopping small drips.
Strategically Place Windows and Shades
If you live in a notoriously sunny area like Southern California, then placing a line of windows on the eastern and western sides of your house will keep your thermostat creeping up throughout the day, increasing your air conditioning costs during the hot months. Keep this in mind while building or renovating your home, when you have the ability to invest in green home design ideas and strategically place windows. Or, invest in window shades for particularly sunny spots if necessary.
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Another green home design strategy for blocking out the sun: planting trees around the perimeter of your home. The Arbor Day Foundation reports that correctly placed trees can reduce summer air conditioning expenses by up to 35%.
Insulate Doors, Windows, and the Attic
Areas that aren’t properly insulated could cost you hundreds of dollars in wasted air conditioning and heating. Combat this by adding weather stripping to doors and windows and investing in better attic insulation.
Program Your Thermostat
Leaving your thermostat one degree cooler during winter (or warmer during the summer) on a consistent basis decreases your energy bill by 1-3%. Therefore, program your thermostat to maintain a consistently cooler temperature. Out of sight, out of mind, and more money back in your wallet.
Get a Free Solar Power System
Hands down the best green home design idea, installing a solar power system on your home can easily save you thousands on your electricity bill every year while also increasing the value of your home… not to mention the environmental benefits of an eco-friendly home.