By Andrew Hill @ http://newhomes.move.com/
Going green- what was once a hot topic is now becoming part of our cultural identity. Some may change their habits and recycle more often while others may opt to buy a hybrid instead of a gas-guzzler. But whatever your preference is, there is much to be said about going green. This isn’t simply an environmentally conscious choice. Contrary to popular belief, living green is also a great way to save money. The following are a few eco-friendly retrofits for your Denver home that can help you go green and pad your wallet at the same time.
One of the most effective ways to be environmentally conscious and save money is to swap out those outdated incandescent bulbs for CFLs. Not only are these made with the environment in mind, their energy consumption is far less than other bulbs while their lifetime is considerably longer, meaning a further reduction in energy consumption. And for those that are opposed to the strange, twisted white lights, CFLs now comes in a variety of shapes and colors, so there’s no reason not to make the switch. Be sure to check these off the list next time you head to the hardware store.
While you are perusing those hardware aisles, why not pick up some low-flow faucet heads? These attachments are easy to install and will reduce the consumption of excess water. These can be used in the bathroom, kitchen, shower, you name it! And in case you are worried reducing your water pressure, there are attachments that are designed specifically to keep the pressure but cut the waste.
If you’re in the building phase, a great way to reduce your energy consumption is to design your home with the climate in mind. For example, a builder in Arizona should design his home with smaller windows to reduce the amount of heat absorbed. Likewise, if you live in Colorado, you’d want to have large windows to capture as much heat as possible throughout the day. But no matter what phase you’re in, making your home greener will always be rooted in logical solutions aimed at reducing consumption and/or making your home healthier.
Going green in your home doesn’t have to mean switching entirely to weathervanes or heating your house entirely through solar power. It’s all about being smart with your resources. And seeing as we have the technology to reduce our consumption, why wouldn’t we opt to save some money and the planet? For more information on your Denver real estate market, be sure to contact Michelle Potter!Michelle Potter, Realtor in Denver
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