Five Tips to Make Your Home More Eco Friendly

Posted on Feb 7 2014 - 10:35pm by Brent Hardy

Being eco friendly in your home means a lot more than just being good to the environment, it also means saving money. Have some smart plans in place in your home to be more energy efficient can end up saving you hundreds of dollars each year.

To get started, it’s pretty easy, let’s take a look at some easy ways to make your home

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more eco friendly.

Fireplace

Everyone loves a good fireplace in the home. And if you have a wood burning stove, it’s a fantastic way to heat your home without having to pay to turn up that expensive oil, gas or electric heat. An even better, and eco friendly, way to heat the home is to look at logs made from materials such as coffee grounds, or bio-degradable pellets.

Clothesline

Another great tool for the better weather is installing a clothesline in your yard. I remember growing up my grandparents used a clothesline. Not only did it save money, but really left your clothes and sheets with this fantastic fresh nature smell. By not using your clothes drier on a regular basis, you can save a ton of money and extend the life of your drier.

Motion Sensor Bulbs

Many offices use motion sensor bulbs, but they are also great for the home. If you have kids who just love leaving the lights on in every room in the house, installing a few of these sensors in rooms like the kitchen, bathroom or living room might be a great option. And, since they turn off on their own, you can be sure those electricity bills will stay down.

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Water Faucets

Another cheap and easy win to save money and water in your home is to replace your shower heads and water faucets. A few simple fixes like adding an aerator to your faucets can save an amazing 50% of water consumption each year. And adding a low flow shower head can drive those numbers down even more. Say goodbye to that big water bill!

Composting

If you’ve ever considered starting a little veggie garden in the yard to grow your own food and save some money, now is the perfect time. And, you can get going by making your own compost. Collect things like food scraps, coffee grinds, and newspapers to create a perfect nutrient rich layer of soil to get your garden growing this spring.

As you can see, you don’t need to take a lot of time, energy or even money to make your home a bit more eco friendly and help you save some money as a result.

Do you have some of your own tips? What are your favorite methods to reduce those energy costs? Let us know in the comments!

Five Tips to Make Your Home More Eco Friendly

About Brent Hardy

VP Facilities Management
Extra Space Storage

Brent Hardy has been with Extra Space Storage since 2001. He currently oversees all corporate construction & facilities management activities for Extra Space Storage. Brent has been the driving force for corporate responsibility with energy management and sustainability programs. His successful management in these areas has directly contributed to the growth of Extra Space Storage. Brent’s green initiatives have included solar power, implementing energy efficient lighting systems and daylight harvesting on a corporate scale for over 800 properties. He enjoys fishing, water skiing, avoiding airplanes and spending time with his wife and four daughters. Brent began his career in self-storage after spending several years with various firms in construction and operations management both in Salt Lake and New York City.

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