Saving Money by Conserving Energy in Your Home
There are many valuable reasons to adopt more sustainable habits. Not only does making more eco-friendly efforts help our planet’s health, but it can actually save you money. Finding ways to conserve energy and other resources is easier than you think — and your home is likely the number one resource consumer in your life, which means it’s the perfect place to start implementing some green changes.
Here are some ideas to get you started towards a more sustainable lifestyle that Mother Nature will surely thank you for:
Green Thumb, Green Life
Gardening is not only a worthwhile hobby to learn but can be beneficial to your diet on top of the environment. Furthermore, it’s not always necessary to have a couple acres to start a thriving garden — tomato plants can be grown from pots, as well as most herbs.
If you do happen to have some space, consider starting a few rows of your family’s favorite vegetables or planting a fruit tree or two. You can reduce food waste, enjoy homegrown meals, and of course reap the air-cleaning benefits that plants naturally offer.
Seniors and Sustainability
Another eco-friendly option that might require a bit more adjustment than starting a garden is working towards a multigenerational living situation. Today, it’s becoming more and more common for multiple family members to all live separately. This makes sense in a lot of situations like sending your kids off to college or to start their own family.
However, the seniors in our lives are either living independently or in a senior care facility, and inviting them to live in your home can be beneficial in numerous ways. Meals get made and shared more often, cutting down on energy use in the kitchen. Instead of heating, cooling, lighting multiple homes, it’s shared across one home, cutting down on costs and energy use. Companion-style living is also, beyond being eco-friendly, great for seniors’ mental, physical, and social health.
Getting the Upgrades
Today, utilizing solar energy has become a much more viable option for the average family. As Vivint Solar points out, “There are currently more than 1.6 million houses in the United States with solar panels installed. By the end of 2018, that number will be more than 2 million.” You might have been wondering how to join those millions but are also dissuaded by the initial cost of installing solar panels. However, as Vivint Solar also explains, the U.S. government offers 30 percent solar tax credits to those who can meet the necessary solar panel requirements.
Of course, sometimes that tax credit doesn’t help with the initial cost of solar panels, energy-efficient roofing, or other energy-efficient upgrades. If that’s the case, it’s worth considering a refinance of your home in order to save money for those important eco-friendly upgrades like solar panels, energy-efficient windows, and more. In the long run you’ll save money and resources, but it’s understable that getting started on those renovations can be a costly upfront investment.
Saving money while also conserving energy in your home is ultimately a win-win, both for you and Mother Nature. While it can seem intimidating trying to get your home up to those eco-friendly standards, every important journey has to start somewhere. Whether you start out small or go all in, doing your part to see to our planet’s health is commendable and will hopefully inspire those around you to start going green too.