energy efficient homeDid you know that your home can be a greater source of pollution than your car? In fact, 16 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are generated from the energy used in houses nationwide.

Energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming. Simply put, the less energy we use in our homes, the less air pollution we generate.

Here are three ways you can make your home more energy efficient now.

1. For an Energy Efficient Home: Switch Your Light Bulbs

Did you know that fluorescent light bulbs last 8-12 times longer than incandescent bulbs? Fluorescent bulbs might cost more initially but in the end you will see quite a bit of savings. Plus you will reduce the amount of times you are changing your light bulbs every month!

2. For an Energy Efficient Home:  Fix Leaky Faucets

Did you know the drip drip drip of a leaky faucet can waste about 7-10 gallons of water per day? That can add up to 3,600 gallons of water a year. Buy fixing a leaky faucet you are doing your part to preserve one of our most precious resources and keeping dollars from going down the drain.

3. For an Energy Efficient Home: Install a Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat will allow you to control the temperature of your home when you are not there. You can program it to change the temperature around your schedule so you don’t have to think about adjusting it again.  The key is to keep the temperature as close to the outside temperature as possible when you are not at home.

By making these simple and inexpensive updates you will enjoy a more energy efficient home. If you want to take it a step further here are a few more suggestions if you want to get extra credit on your energy efficient home.

  • Get appliances that have the Energy Star ratings
  • Install Solar Panels
  • Install low flow toilets and shower heads
  • Clean air ducts
  • Replace leaky windows

If you are looking to build a home with a green touch contact GG Custom Homes today.