Top 5 Picks for a greener household
In these heady days of innovation, we don't necessarily need to hire someone to do the dirty work of a home renovation. Some of the household upgrades may be easier than you think.
Start by familiarizing yourself about the job at hand. There are many reliable self-help books and websites dedicated to giving you the best environmentally-friendly suggestions when it comes to do-it-yourself home renovation projects.
These Top 5 Picks will improve your home, save you money, will give you the green life and are easy to do:
1. Cool down your house with a ceiling or electric fan and open up the windows at night. Ceiling fans cost about 1 cent for two hours of use, compared to 67 cents to a dollar for central air. Use your air conditioner only when necessary and be sure to turn it off when you're going to be away from home for long periods of time.
2. Check the tightness on your refrigerator seal by closing the door on a piece of paper. If it's held in place, the seal is still good, if not, it's time to replace the seal or fix the door's alignment.
3. Invest in a programmable thermostat. It will automatically adjust the temperature in your house, saving you energy while you're away or sleeping.
4. Pull out a caulking gun and weather strips and seal up doors, windows, electrical sockets and baseboards.
5. Insulate your walls, ceilings, piping entrances, attics, and basements with a professional-quality, stone wool insulation product such as Roxul. Installing insulation saves you money and wastes less energy throughout your home in every season.