Some Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

August 1, 2009 by  
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A Sanax 15W black light bulb. To the human eye...
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If you dont have the money or simply dont want to invest in solar panels or a new hybrid car, you can still find some easier, and cheaper, approaches to make your house more environmentally friendly. Whats better is that if you are planning to sell your house in the future, making a few small green upgrades to your home will most likely not only make your house look better, but also make it worth more. These days, many home buyers are searching for more environmentally friendly houses and will be willing to pay a little more to make that desire come true.

Some of the more common changes you can make to have your home go green is by replacing all standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones. Known as CFLs, these bulbs uses much less energy, last a lot longer, and give off less heat. You should also add motion detectors to any outdoor lights you would normally leave on, because then the lights will only turn on when you need it to. It is also important to save water by fixing any leaks, installing low flow shower heads, and turning off the water when you dont need it while taking a bath or brushing your teeth. Some other changes that may not seem as obvious including creating a compost pile which will you can use as an alternative to throwing biodegradable materials such as food in the trash can. Installing an aluminum-clad storm door, window tinting, fans, and better insulated roofs will help to keep your house cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter, reducing the need for air conditioners and heaters. And of course, remember the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle.