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Transforming Your Home into an Eco-Friendly Haven

With the recent rise in temperatures and storms sweeping across the country, the climate crisis has been a trending topic of conversation among businesses and individuals alike. Not to worry - you can do a few things in your home to help preserve the planet and provide you with peace of mind. 


In a recent article by the Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), they shared some helpful housekeeping tips that can help protect the environment, save money, and even provide health benefits! Here are 7 ways you can make your home more eco-friendly:

 

1. Switch to LED Light Bulbs

LED bulbs are an easy and efficient way to upgrade your home. These bulbs can last up to 13 years, whereas standard bulbs last between 1 and 3 years. The switch can significantly lower your electric bill. (I recently replaced an old bulb in my reading lamp and noticed that while the old bulb was hot, the new LED bulb remained cool over time.) Not to mention, you can play around with colors to set the mood and 'wow' your guests!

 

2. Ditch Disposable Cleaning Products

Instead of paper towels and disposable dusters, opt for washable rags or cloths. Hardware stores sell long-lasting contractor cloths that are great for dust collection and can be washed and reused multiple times. This switch not only reduces waste but also helps to save trees!

 

3. Harvest Rainwater

Collecting rainwater for your plants is both eco-friendly and practical. While rain barrels might not be aesthetically pleasing, they can be easily hidden behind shrubs or under gutters. Did you know that every inch of rain off your roof equals about 8 gallons of water? So take advantage of those rainy days to collect and store extra water. Tallahassee has experienced a lack of rain for the past 7 years, so it’s crucial to make use of the extra rainfall when the weather permits. You can also save money on your water bill by doing this!

 

4. Start Composting

Composting kitchen scraps and leaves is a great way to improve your garden soil. If you have Live Oak leaves, make sure to grind or crush them because their thick exterior can keep water out. Consider separating organic waste from regular trash to use in gardening.

 

5. Upgrade Your Windows

Replacing single-pane windows with double-paned ones can be expensive, but there are more affordable alternatives. Invest in energy-efficient blinds, shades, and curtains, and make sure all windows and doors are properly sealed to avoid drafts and energy loss. 

 

6. Install a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand without the need for a large tank. They reduce the risk of leaks and floods in your garage while also maintaining a consistent temperature – preventing accidental scalding or sudden cold showers. For maximum efficiency, keep your thermostat set to 70-72 degrees!

 

7. Choose Energy-Efficient Appliances

When replacing appliances, look out for Energy Star-certified models. These appliances consume less energy and can significantly cut down your utility bills. Be wary of brands that use “greenwashing” techniques to sell you their products; while some claim to be environmentally conscious, there are many who are not being completely honest.
To ensure that you’re investing in true eco-friendly businesses, look for products that have been certified by credible organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Star program, the USDA Organic, or Green Seal Certified


Additionally, consider using a gas dryer instead of an electric one for faster drying times and fluffier clothes. Always run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full to maximize efficiency. 

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By implementing these changes, you can create a more sustainable home that benefits both the environment and your wallet! These adjustments can lead to significant improvements in your household’s energy consumption and overall comfort. So the next time you’re making improvements to your home, consider ‘going green’ to help conserve the planet.


Interested in more eco-friendly upgrades? Adding solar panels to your home could be a great long-term investment. Learn more by reading my blog on the pros and cons of solar panels in Florida!


Ann Cleare

Realtor Emeritus


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