10 Actionable Tips You Can Do to Create a Green Home

In this article, we will show you some useful tips that you can use to conserve energy, protect the environment and reduce carbon emission using green home concept without a big investment.

Global warming is the real and serious problem that everyone should be aware. However, many people think it's the responsibility of the manufacturing sector which is absolutely wrong. Here we will show you how you can have a hand in the green movement.

1. Install storm window
Storm windows help to reduce energy consumption during the winter season by 25 percent to 50 percent. There are 2 types of storm windows, interior, and exterior windows. Interior storm windows are easier to install and less expensive. It's the ideal option if you want to check out how efficient it is for the first time.

2. Use window film
To reduce the cost of air conditioning in the summer, window film is a good option and it helps with the privacy issue too. Window film can reduce as much as 50 percent of the sun's heat load. However, you need to check if particular window film needs professional installation or you can install it by yourself.

3. Pick the right exterior paint
The exterior of your home has to withstand all weather conditions so picking the right exterior paint will help you protect the environment a lot. Even though most manufacturers have less toxic paints, Lime Wash is a cheaper and greener alternative for the exterior painting. It's been used for hundreds of years in many historic buildings.

4. Use recycled carpet
Recycled carpet is a great alternative for interior flooring. Many of them come in small squares so you can install by yourself. Another good point is that they are quite easy to maintain, you can take a dirty one out and wash it or just have a damaged one removed and replaced with a new one.

5. Choose ceiling fan
Changing from a traditional cooling system to high efficient cooling system is the expensive option. So, many homeowners choose to install ceiling fan because it's cheaper and it can make the room look more appealing too.

6. Maintain your refrigerator
Refrigerator consumes lots of energy because it runs on the 24-hour basis. What you need to do is to defrost regularly so your refrigerator doesn't work too hard. Also, check the door seals to ensure that the air is not leaking.

7. Use cold water washing
We know for the fact that many people use the wrong water temperature. If you don't have the allergy, hot water washing is not quite necessary. What you need to do is the check the care label and use appropriate washing temperature for each garment.

8. Ditch dishwashing machine
Dishwashing machine consumes lots of energy but it's actually unnecessary. Many countries just do the dishing manually and let the dishes dry on the rack.

9. Utilize natural light source
Windows are the obvious source of natural light. Large windows always offer the best lighting and, not to mention, picturesque views. Windows, however, is not sufficient light sources and not all houses or buildings are blessed to have large windows. Windows combined with other sources of artificial light enhances natural sunlight to brighten up a room. Subtle window covers such as sheers can let natural light shine through. Oftentimes, heavy blackout curtains make homeowners forget they ever had windows.

10. Use retractable awnings
Install retractable awnings on your deck or outdoor area can help you reduce energy consumption significantly. In the warm climate, energy consumption can be reduced by 26 percent and 33 percent for cold climate.

Have you ever used these tips? Are they useful and why?

- Johnston, David, and Scott Gibson. Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy and Energy-efficient Home Construction: a Builder's Guide. Taunton Press, 2008.

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Last review and update: August 27, 2018

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