Edmonton homeowners are always looking for ways to make their homes more eco-friendly. Going green has serious benefits. Not only could you save money on utilities, but you could also reduce your carbon footprint, waste less, and enjoy that wonderful tingling feeling when you do something good for someone else. In this case, the “someone else” is Mother Nature.
Here are 5 tips for making your Edmonton home more eco-friendly:
1 – Invest in a New Furnace or AC Unit
Ever hear the saying, “you have to spend money to make money?” That rings true when it comes to your HVAC systems. Modern furnaces, heaters, and air conditioners are high-efficiency units that use less fuel and produce more energy. Using less fuel means you’re spending less on your energy bill and the unit is producing fewer emissions. A new HVAC unit will save you money and it will last longer than older units because they are built with modern standards in mind.
2 – Cut Down on Bottled Water
Sure, having a stash of bottled water in the fridge is handy for the family on the go, but it’s also incredibly wasteful. Instead, invest in BPA-free plastic or metal bottles that you can use and re-use with your house water. If water purity is something you worry about, look into getting a water filtration system for your home. You can’t beat the peace of mind that comes with clean water straight from the tap.
3 – Use the Ceiling Fans
Did you know that you can use the ceiling fan in your home to keep it warmer during the winter? We all know that the ceiling fan can support your AC during the summer, but if you reverse the direction of the blades during the winter, it actually works to keep the warm air down low at your living level, therefore, keeping your home warmer and taking the strain off your furnace in the winter.
4 – Switch to LED Bulbs
This is an obvious one and, in most cases, responsible Edmontonians have already done so. But switching to an LED bulb can help your home be more eco-friendly while also saving you money on your electricity bill. When they were first invented, people worried about the “cold” light emitted from an LED bulb, but now, they come in amazing incandescent varieties that create a warm glow in your home.
5 – Install a Tankless Water Heater
Tankless or on-demand water heaters are great for preserving energy and keeping your home green. The units use a series of high-efficiency heating elements to heat water as it passes through your plumbing system when it has been requested at the tap. These units are great because they use less energy, cost less, and ensure you are never stuck without hot water after someone in the house takes an epically-long shower.
For more tips and tricks on making the most of your Edmonton home, contact the real estate experts at Ryan Dutka Real Estate Solutions at 780-988-0001 today.