Today, it’s all about going green. More and more homeowners decide to reduce their carbon footprint and aid in saving the environment. However, this isn’t the only reason why you should consider doing the same - greening up your home can also help you save tons of money, especially if you decide to add more than one eco-friendly feature to your home. Not only this, but if you tackle the entire project the right way, you’ll be able to scrape away even more money. That being said, we’ve come up with a list of 5 things you can do to green up your home and save money in the process.

Install more insulation

Adding more insulation is a great way to green up your home. More insulation means cold air won’t escape during the summer and warm air won’t escape during the winter. This means you’ll be using less energy, which can do wonders both for the environment and your pocket. Moreover, you can save more money if you decide to install insulation yourself. This way, you won’t have to pay pros who’ll install insulation for you, but you’ll have to do a lot of dusty and sweaty work yourself.

Get a smart thermometer

We all know there are new smart devices being released every single day. Today, there are smart thermometers that can help you keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, no matter where you are. You can connect these little devices to your smartphone, and control the temperature in your home from your car or office. Just make sure you adjust your thermostat by 2 degrees when the temperatures aren't extreme. A difference of merely 2 degrees in the winter and summer can help you lower the amount of CO2 your home releases by 2,000 pounds.

Utilize natural light

Another great way to make your home greener is to start relying on natural light more and more. If there are any rooms in your home that could use a new window or two, make sure you have them installed, since that means you’ll be using less energy on lighting. Again, this is a project you can do yourself, if you have all the necessary skills and tools. If you install new windows you can also think about adding carpets or blinds as well. These will help you reduce the temperature inside of your home during hot summer days.

Rely on solar energy

Using solar energy can also help you reduce your carbon footprint and save some money. So, it may be a good idea for you to think about installing solar panels on your roof. Just make sure they’re placed where they can receive the most sun exposure. Today, there are also energy management systems such as the sonnen Batterie that can help you reduce your energy bill significantly. Batteries like these can help you store large amounts of energy from your solar panels which means you'll rarely be forced to rely on electricity.

Start using a low flow showerhead

Installing a low flow showerhead is a great way to reduce your water consumption. This little device can help you use 25% to 60% less water in the shower, which also means you’ll be saving loads of money on your water bill. Low flow showerheads have a pause button which will help you save water when you step out of the stream while you're grabbing a towel or clean clothes. Also, these have a temperature control option which means there will be no more gushing water while you’re trying to find the perfect temperature.

Do all of the things mentioned above and you'll succeed in saving the environment on a budget. Just make sure you always keep looking for new ways you can green up your home and scrape away some money.

Published by Emma Lawson