How to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly On Your Own

  1. Save energy (and, ultimately, dollars) by simply switching from traditional incandescent to compact fluorescent bulbs.
  2. Turn up your thermostat by as little as two degrees and pick up as much as three or four percent savings in cooling costs. Better yet, automate the changes by installing a programmable thermostat that you can set and forget.
  3. Curb your electricity by bringing in as much natural light as possible and keep your artificial (and energy draining) lighting to a minimum.
  4. When it’s time to replace your appliances (are they well past the 10-year mark?), be sure to look for the Energy Star label—they’re energy efficient and longer lasting.
  5. Replace kitchen and bathroom faucets with low-flow energy efficient models.
  6. Time to refresh your home? Don’t contribute to ozone pollution—choose a low-or no-VOC paint that’s healthier, kinder to the environment, and easier to find than in past years.
  7. Populate your garden with native plants that bring an added bonus to the busy gardener without a green thumb—natives are hearty and require less attention and water.
  8. Insulate your existing windows and when you’re ready to tackle a complete replacement, go with a double pane option for even greater efficiency.