If you’re looking for ways to lower your carbon footprint, you might consider starting at home. If you’re like the average homeowner, you’re probably wasting energy everyday. But you can save money and reduce your carbon output by optimizing for energy efficiency.
Even if you can’t switch to a renewable energy source like solar or wind power, you can reduce your usage of fossil fuels, and therefore your CO2 emissions, by making strategic modifications, both big and small.
Saving energy also means saving money. The price tag on large upgrade items like tankless water heaters and cool roofs can be intimidating, but consider that over time these investments pay for themselves, save you money and can improve your home’s resale value. They also often come with tax benefits.
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If you’re unable to pay for large ticket items, begin by making smaller changes, like switching to LED bulbs and cooking with a pressure cooker.
Need some inspiration? The team at the Zebra has put together this list of 16 ways to lower your home’s carbon footprint with ideas for homeowners and renters alike.
Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
1. Use a smart plug
2. Buy a pressure cooker
3. Install solar-powered lights outdoors
4. Buy an energy-saving hairdryer
5. Seal air leaks
6. Use a low-flow showerhead
7. Install ceiling fans
8. Install energy-efficient windows
9. Upgrade your kitchen appliances
10. Add a layer of insulation in the attic
11. Install an energy-efficient door
12. Upgrade to a tankless water heater
13. Buy a water filtration system
14. Install a whole-house fan
15. Invest in geothermal heating and cooling
16. Install a cool roof
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