Now that it is 2024, now is the time for you to create a more environmentally friendly home. By doing your share in improving the energy efficiency of your residence, you can also help to improve the environment as well. What follows are a few steps you can take to ensure that your home is ready for 2024 and beyond.
Start with a Home Energy Audit
You can hire a professional to perform an energy audit of your home. Such audits may cost as little as $100, but the information they reveal may save you far more. Energy audits focus on areas such as the following.
- Air Leakage
- Insulation Levels
- Electric Bills
- Lighting, Heating, & Air Conditioning
- Fireplace, Smoke Detectors, & More
By knowing where your home needs improvements, you can start saving by addressing such areas immediately. Plus, a new provision that is part of the Inflation Reduction Act covers 30% of the cost of an energy audit, so take advantage today.
You can start by looking at your daily commute and places that you need to go. By identifying where you can save money, you can also look to protect the environment.
- Investing in Electric Vehicles
- Public Transportation
- Walk or Bike When Possible
By investing in one or more of these approaches, you can do your part to protect the environment and save on your bills.
Automate the Thermostat
By installing a smart thermostat, you no longer need to worry about turning up or turning down the temperature when the seasons change. By regulating the temperature inside your home automatically, you can save considerably on your energy bills.
You can extend this benefit to automated appliances which can reduce inefficient energy usage and save you even more money.
Bolster Your Landscaping
If your lawn requires lots of water, you should consider switching over at least part of your landscape to native vegetation, gravel, turf, and other materials that use either less water or no water at all. In addition, if you have the room, you can start your own garden and reap the benefits of home-grown food sources.
And, if you want to save time and effort in maintaining your lawn, consider adding artificial turf, decorative gravel, or permeable pavers. Permeable pavers are made from rock, but allow the moisture to seep into the ground which protects the aquifers running underground.
Look at Your Floor Plan
One way to save on energy bills is to maximize the natural sunlight coming into your home. Identify areas that receive the most sunshine, so you can reduce energy consumption. By moving areas such as your home office, breakfast nook, and other places that have more sunlight, you can reduce energy consumption by turning off unnecessary lights.
Creating an environmentally friendly home starts with evaluating where improvements can be made in terms of energy efficiency. Not only with the improvements you make for 2024 help the environment, but they can also protect your pocketbook as well.
Contact Brickley Environmental Today
With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following.
- Asbestos Abatement
- Mold Remediation
- Lead-Based Paint Removal
- Hazardous Waste Removal
If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.