Top 10 Green Products for Your Home

Your home is one of the best investments that you can ever make. If you own an older home, you can make it greener by undertaking home renovation projects that increase its energy efficiency but this can be costly. However, you can purchase products for your home to make it greener without the need to shell out a lot of money. For those on a budget but want to do their share in taking care of the environment, here are 10 green products for the home.

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Energy-Efficient Boilers

Close to 30% of the energy used in a home is used for heating. Heating then represents a big opportunity for saving not just energy resources but also money. Energy Star has identified some of the most efficient boilers for 2014 and these include the Carrier BMW Performance Series, the Dunkirk DKVLT Series, and the Energy Kinetics Accel CS Series. All of these boilers provide consumers with 19% savings over the federal minimum standard.

Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners

Like heating, cooling a home also uses a lot of energy and cooling represents 17% of the energy used in most domestic settings. You can buy energy-efficient air conditioners to help cut down on energy use. Energy Star has certified that the Friedrich – WSO8C10D air conditioner performs 22% better than U.S. Federal Standard. The GE – AEM05LS, on the other hand, performs 18% better.

Programmable Thermostats

Since heating and cooling represent over half of the energy consumed at home, getting and installing a programmable thermostat will help you better control these two massive energy consumers. Google’s recent purchase of smart thermostat maker, Nest Labs, points to a future where smart thermostats will be the norm.

Water Heaters

Energy used for heating water represents 14% of total energy use in the home. Consider getting a solar water heater for your home and see your annual hot water costs reduced in half. Many solar water heaters work with an electric or gas back-up so you can still enjoy hot water even when the sun doesn’t shine.

Energy-Efficient Lights

The Environmental Protection Agency is urging Americans to replace 20 million traditional bulbs with ENERGY STAR LED bulbs. If the EPA is successful in this project, it will produce savings worth over $118 million annually and cut greenhouse emissions equivalent to more than 150,000 vehicles every year. Get bulbs and do your share in cutting greenhouse emissions.

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LCD and LED Monitors

If you’re still using a CRT monitor, consider switching to LCD or LED monitors as these consume less electricity.

Water-Efficient Toilets

Save water by buying and installing a water-efficient toilet for your home. Flushing toilets consume up to 30% of a household’s water and the old toilets use as much as 6 gallons per flush. Newer toilets can use as little as 1.3 gallons per flush with the same or even better performance.

Shower Heads

Showering represents 17% of residential indoor water use. While standard shower heads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute, shower heads with a WaterSense label uses no more than 2 gpm and this represents a lot of savings on the water bill and for the water supply. Retrofit your home with a WaterSense labelled shower head and save money.

Smart Irrigation Controllers

Still on saving water, a lot of water is wasted on watering lawns. Over 50% of the water used for irrigation is wasted, according to experts so buying smart irrigation controllers can help cut down the waste. Installing a WaterSense labelled irrigation controller can save the average home close to 8,800 gallons of water every year.

Solar Panels

Nothing says you care for the environment more than having solar panels on your roof. Getting solar panels on your roof can help cut down on your energy costs and there are now many states that have feed-in tariff programs so you can earn credits for the energy you feed back into the grid if your solar panel system creates excess energy. In fact, the roofing and solar panel installation experts at Tony’s Roofing Services LLC claim that such credits can “cut the costs to almost nothing.” Before letting the solar company install the panels, you need to check first how much you will need to loan for your home modification.

Doing a total renovation of your home just to make it greener can be costly. However, by buying green products that use less energy and water, you can help save the environment, and also save money, by paying less on your electric and water bills.

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