How to Make Your Ridgewood Home More Eco-Friendly

Posted by Tarvin Realtors on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 12:01pm.

How to make your Ridgewood, NJ home more eco friendly

Making your home more eco-friendly has more benefits than you think. In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, you are also able to save money on your energy bills. Here are some tips and tricks to make your home more eco-friendly and efficient:

Switch to LED Light Bulbs

One of the easiest ways to save money and become more eco-friendly is switching from incandescent to LED lights. Incandescent lights are known to use more energy to light your home, however, most of that energy is wasted by creating heat. LED lights are more efficient, last longer, and are typically cool to the touch.

Use Cold Water for Your Laundry

Washing your clothes in hot water all the time will put additional strain on your water heater and end up causing your energy bill to rise. Today, we have numerous detergents and laundry products designed to work better in cold water. Switching to cold water for your laundry will also help keep your clothes looking better while saving money on your energy bill.

Replace Inefficient Appliances

There are expiry dates on almost all of your home plumbing and HVAC appliances. For instance, did you know that a traditional water heater only lasts for about 10-15 years before it starts to lose efficiency? Heaters and furnaces last about 15-20 years before they should be replaced. By replacing old appliances, you will save money in the long run and enjoy improved efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint.

Switch to a Dual-Flush Toilet

Dual-flush toilets are designed to conserve more water than old-fashioned toilets. These units come with two buttons depending on whether you need a half flush or a full flush. These units are a great way to conserve water and save money on your water bill.

Take Measures to Help Your HVAC Systems

Even if you operate a modern efficient heater or AC system, there are a few things you can do to make sure they run at peak efficiency at all times. Insulating your attic, sealing windows, and using the ceiling fan to help improve airflow are all tiny things you can do to help the HVAC system. Other ways to help include making sure your air filter is cleaned regularly and opening the curtains in winter to get heat from the sun, and closing the curtains in the summer to keep the heat out.

Unplug “Vampire” Appliances

Many electrical appliances drain power even when they are turned off. This is why they are called “vampire” appliances. It’s recommended to actually unplug things computers or other electrical appliances when you are not using them. Another option is to simply turn off the power bar where the devices are plugged in. This will help save electricity and make your home more eco-friendly.

For more eco-friendly tips and tricks or to schedule an appointment with one of our expert agents, contact Tarvin Realtors today at (201) 444-0690.

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