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Spring Greening: 6 Ways To Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Drip systems

Spring is for landscaping so make sure your yard is as environmentally friendly as possible by being responsible with your water use. Install drip systems to water your flower beds and gardens instead of using a hose to save tons of time and water. Try swapping out some of the grass for bark and plants - they conserve water and give your yard extra greenery. Depending on the size of your lawn, these changes will have you thousands of gallons a water per year.

Light bulbs

This one i super easy and effective. Though the price for an LED bulb may seem steep up front, their long life and significantly lower energy usage will save you money and reduce your green house gas emissions. According to the U.S. government, widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings. If your budget is a bit tight, just replace one at a time.

Seal your ducts

Leaky ducting can lower your home’s ability to cool and heat itself efficiently by as much as 30%. Seal your leaks to save on your energy bills and lower your fossil fuels consumption. This project will cost you less than $40 and it’s so easy to DIY.

Low-flow fixtures

On average, water heating is the second largest energy expense for a household. If you swap out your shower head with a low flow option the savings will be immediate. You can also pick up a low-flow faucet to further improve your usage.

Replace old windows

More expensive but very beneficial, energy efficient windows make a substantial difference. Adding new double paned windows can reduce your heating bill by $15 and save you around $2,000 over the life of the window, tripe-paned even more so. Low E coatings also increase energy efficiency (and they often pay for themselves in just a few years).

Solar panels

We saved the most obvious one for last but seriously, hear us out. Many people cringe at their prie tag but government sponsored tax rebates and competition in the industry have made sola panels an attainable feature. They provide a renewable form of energy that will save you money in the long term and prevent more harm to the planet.