6 Ways to Quickly Add Green Technologies to Your Home

Spring is here! A time for renewal and for many of us, time for updating our homes. It’s a great time to add some eco-friendly options to your life by adding green technologies, too.

It doesn’t have to break the bank or take a lot of time. Here are some ways to quickly add green technologies to your home. Use them for inspiration!

Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs.

LED bulbs use less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs, so you can save money on your energy bill and reduce waste.

Install a programmable thermostat.

A programmable thermostat can help you save energy by automatically adjusting your home’s temperature when you’re away or sleeping.

Use power strips.

Plug your electronic devices into power strips so you can easily turn them off when they’re not in use. This can help reduce energy waste from “vampire” or standby power.

Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.

These devices can help reduce water consumption without sacrificing water pressure.

Add weatherstripping to doors and windows.

This can help prevent drafts and improve energy efficiency.

Replace old appliances with energy-efficient models.

Look for appliances with the ENERGY STAR label, which indicates that they meet strict energy efficiency standards.
Install solar panels. While this is a more expensive option, solar panels can help you generate your own renewable energy and potentially save money on your energy bill over time.

These are just a few ways to quickly add green technologies to your home. Depending on your budget and priorities, there may be other green technologies that are worth considering as well, such as solar panels and kitchen composting units.

Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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