Looking to make your Vermont home more eco-friendly? There are many updates and changes you can make in your home to help you achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. Some of these changes not only will lower your energy costs but can also increase the value of your home.
1. Switch out your Light Bulbs
Swap your incandescent light bulbs for LED light bulbs. LED bulbs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than traditional lights! These are more efficient and they will end up saving you money in the long run.
2. Invest in Energy Efficient Appliances
Whether it’s your washer or refrigerator replacing outdated appliances with a newer more efficient model will help cut your home's energy consumption. However, finding the right model can be overwhelming. We recommend browsing online on Efficieny Vermont where they compare products and help you get the best deal!
3. Wash Clothes in Cold Water
If purchasing a new washer and dryer isn’t in your budget, you can still cut your energy use with the products already in the home. According to energy star, by adjusting your cycle temperature from hot to warm you can cut the energy use in half. Additionally, switching to the cold cycle will decrease the energy use even further! After washing your garments, consider skipping the dryer and line drying your clothes to help reduce even more.
4. Insulate Walls, Ceilings, and Doors
Make sure your home is sealed tight to retain heat in the winter and keep hot air out of the home during the warmer months. This, in turn, will help decrease the energy used to heat and cool your home throughout the year which will decrease those associated costs as well!
The average family produces about 18 pounds of trash a day which adds up to 6,570 pounds of trash a year! If you are composting you will help to decrease the amount of solid waste your household generates. If you live in Vermont, then you should have already hopped on the composting bandwagon. However, if you need assistance on how to compost the Vermont Department of Energy Conservation has a great guide on the do's and don'ts of composting.
6. Install Solar Panels
While these can be costly solar panels will be the most effective to combat greenhouse gas emissions. In Vermont, the solar prices are down 45% over the past 5 years! Plus, to help offset costs you can get a 26% federal tax credit for projects that begin before 2023.
7. Use Eco-Friendly Household Products
Try using green plant-based products and eco-friendly paint to reduce the release of toxins that pollute the air pollution. We recommend using databases such as the EPA Safer Choice Program to see how your current household products size up and to search for new cleaner products.
Making these lifestyle changes and upgrades to your home will help immensely to reduce your carbon footprint. These improvements will also increase your home's value which will put you in a great position when you decide to sell your home!