Our 10 Favorite Eco-Friendly Decisions for Your Home

July 30, 2014

Small changes can make a big difference when it comes to choosing energy efficient, eco-friendly products for your home. From larger items like appliances to smaller decisions like shopping locally, we created a list of ways we think a home can be more environmentally friendly. It’s great for the environment, and in most cases these options are very affordable.

1. When replacing light bulbs, opt for Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). Energy Star’s web site says, “If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalents to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.” Sounds good to us.

2. If you’re starting a painting project, consider high-quality paints that are formaldehyde-free, non-crystalline silica, acetone-free, and zero or low VOC with zero VOC pigments.

3. We love Energy Star appliances. They’re great because they’re good for the environment and great for your wallet. Any Energy Star qualified appliance “incorporates advanced technologies that use 10 to 50 percent less energy and water than standard models.”

4. You may want to consider using sustainable building materials for your remodeling project. Consider wood that has been sustainably harvested and is from a local source. Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timber is from a well-managed forest that adheres to strict environmental, social and economic standards.

5. When you’re installing new floors, you may want to consider materials like cork and bamboo. They’re both healthy buys for the environment, and are unique design choices.

6. Consider using solar panels, or add skylights to take advantage of the sun’s natural light. This can help save energy and minimize heating costs, especially in the winter.

7. Use a natural laundry detergent. We haven’t tried them all, but here is a list of some great options.

8. Using double-paned windows can help ensure that your home is running efficiently. It helps keep cool air in and warm air out in the summer, and vice versa in the winter months.

9. Use eco-friendly cleaning products. See Real Simple’s roundup of the best ones here

10. Buy local when you can. Help yourself and the environment by avoiding industrially farmed foods. Consider choosing locally grown fruits, veggies, meats, dairy products, and fabrics.

If you haven’t already, conduct an energy assessment to find out where you can save the most. An energy assessment will tell you how efficient your home is at maintaining comfortable temperatures, and it will let you know if your home is cost efficient. If you’re interested in having your home assessed with an energy audit, please fill out a short contact form by clicking here. If you are interested in a free estimate or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or click here. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page!

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