Caring for our planet is important. However, many people believe that going green comes with a big price tag. Luckily, that’s not the case. It is possible to reduce your impact on the earth, without breaking the bank. Here are a few easy ways to do so.
If you’re still running your household on incandescent bulbs, it’s time to switch to LED. Light-emitting diode bulbs use 75 percent less energy and they last up to 25 times longer than incandescent. Yes, you will pay more for the bulbs initially, but you’ll also spend less on electricity and send fewer bulbs to the landfill.
Consider Solar Options
Solar used to be too costly for most people, but prices have dropped considerably. There are also many more products on the market that can charge devices that draw on the grid to ones that draw from the sun.
Solar-powered lights, fans, water heaters, generators, roofing tiles, and chargers are just a few of the innovative devices that can make your home greener.
Choose Native Landscaping
Instead of adding high maintenance plants and trees, why not plant what grows naturally in your area? Native plants and trees have already adapted to the conditions and require far less water and fertilizer than other species. Plus, they’re naturally disease and pest resistant.
Reuse, Recycle, & Reduce
Small changes in your buying habits can make a huge difference. Choose rechargeable batteries over disposable and reusable bags instead of single-use.
Use items until they reached their end of life and then recycle. Buying fewer items reduces the strain on out planet’s resources.
Check Your Home
Check the seals on your home’s windows and doors. Seal gaps to save on heating and cooling costs. What about that leaky tap? Even losing 10 drops of water per minute wastes nearly one gallon per day. That’s 29 gallons of water down the drain every month!
Buy a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is a wise investment. Nowadays, you can buy one for under $50 and it saves plenty of energy without sacrificing comfort. The Environmental Protection Agency claims installing a programmable thermostat can save anywhere from 10 to 30% on heating and cooling.
Consider Water Usage
A low-flow shower or faucet head greatly reduces water consumption. However, everyone should consider how much time they spend in the shower and how often they water the lawn.
Showers should be kept to under five minutes and lawns only need water two or three times a week when it is very hot. People with large gardens should consider rainwater barrels for their flowers and potted plants.
Add Window Coverings
Curtains and blinds can help keep heat and cold out of a home. Next time you’re shopping for new window coverings, look for ones with UV filtering for hot climates and insulation for cold climates. They’re just as attractive and their energy-efficient.
If you’re considering any major upgrades to your home to make it a bit more eco-friendly, make sure that you give us a call first! Adding solar panels to your roof, upgrading outdated electrical or plumbing systems, and other renovations can all have an impact on your Rhode Island home insurance policy. Our agents can let you know how your changes may impact your premiums or coverage needs and they may even be able to save you a few dollars in the process!