Being a dreamer and often feeling nostalgic for past moments, I still wouldn’t trade life today for any other previous era. We have innovation and technology simplifying our lifestyles, and the benefit of knowing certain habits of ours affect the environment badly, hence the rise of the sustainability trends.
I’m aware it can be difficult to change your way of living in a day, but every tiny step makes a difference, and turning your home energy-efficient is a great start. There are many ways you can go about it, like introducing the groundbreaking design of smart window shades in your interior.
Working on wireless technology through a smart phone App, enabling you control over them from anywhere in the world, these shades allow you to make the most of sunlight in the colder months, shade in the warmer, cutting down on heating and cooling costs, relying on privacy and safety at night or when you’re away, without even moving a muscle.
Along the smart window shades, you can go greener by choosing the low-flow showerheads. Though it might seem unnecessary for you, considering yourself prudent with water use, have in mind the showerheads we’re so accustomed to use up to 5 gallons in a minute, as opposed to the 2.5 of the low-flow ones.
Lighting is another aspect that has to be considered well. While some countries have started banning incandescent and halogen bulbs, you don’t have to wait for bans to make the right decision and opt for LEDs as the cost-saving alternative.
Cutting down on the energy costs would lead you to giving insulation a serious thought. Is it possible there is some air leaking in your home you’re not aware of?
Visual inspection can do the trick if you thoroughly inspect the exterior corners, electrical outlets, vents, fans, doors, windows and walls, but just to be sure it’s advisable to get the help of an infrared camera.
Regardless of whether you’re having air leaks or not, it’s still a wise investment to make insulating the walls, doors, windows, and attic to further cut down on heating and cooling costs.
The solar power boom we’ve been experiencing as a nation, now is as good a time as any to join up, in case you haven’t as of yet, and you wouldn’t depend on a utility company for running your appliances. You might even end up with tax incentives.
Invest now, save later, save the environment!