Eco-friendly options around the home

Go green on any budget

Published On: Jan 20 2013 10:28:58 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 21 2013 05:40:00 AM EST

Whether they know it or not, every homeowner has a herd of hogs – energy hogs, that is. The biggest energy hogs are water heaters, HVAC systems, major appliances and lights. 

If any of these items in your home have a little age on them and you’ve not been giving them regular maintenance, you may be losing up to 50 percent of your energy efficiency.

The good news is that you can put your energy hogs on a diet without breaking the bank as you evaluate how to budget for some of the more expensive ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

Low-ticket ways to go green:

 

Higher ticket ways to go green:

Once you have decided it’s time to go “green” do your research to find contractors that are “green”. One way to tell is they will have Green Seal Certification and a good, local reputation for doing good work.

There are even natural alternatives to cleaning products—like salt, baking soda, or vinegar—that save you money and save the earth because they don’t have Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs.  So there are lots of options if you’re looking to do your part to reduce your carbon footprint.