Global warming increasingly becomes a concern in our daily lives and it is important seek out ways to reduce your carbon footprint. The more we learn about greenhouse gas emissions, the more we realize that even our houses are responsible for threatening the future of our planet. “There are many ways to decrease your negative ecological impact,” says Kelly McCain, an executive with Royal LePage Canada, “even within the confines of your own home.”
Making a conscious decision to reduce your carbon footprint will not only benefit the world around you, but may also save you money. Start by examining your bills and determining where you are over-spending. Often, the solutions to your problems are more obvious than you may think.
Here are 3 simple tips to make your home more ecologically and economically efficient:
1. When designing your living rooms and kitchens, choose doors and windows with large panes. During the day, you spend a significant amount of time in your kitchen, living room, or family room. You can easily reduce the amount of energy these rooms require simply by choosing large windows that will allow natural light to come in. Large windows almost completely eliminate the need for artificial lighting during the daytime.
2. Invest your money in a new furnace. One of the most energy-deficient appliances you may have as a home-owner is your furnace. Furnaces that were built over 15 years ago were likely built to last, not to be energy-efficient. Furnaces built today are more than 90 per cent efficient, a 40 per cent increase in energy efficiency from furnaces built several decades ago.
3. Be sure to insulate your attic. As children, we learn that heat rises and, yet, as adult homeowners, we often overlook our attics, as they are generally used for storage. Insulating your attic can save you up to 30 per cent on energy and reduce your heating bill. Attic insulation is generally inexpensive and easy to install, meaning you may not need to hire a contractor to do it for you.
There are many other ways to reduce your carbon footprint by making changes to your home, but these three tips will help you get started. Create a better future for the planet and for yourself by focusing, first, on your biggest investment: home.