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The market for sustainable home products has exploded in recent years, offering homeowners the opportunity to practice energy and water conservation right at home. Sustainable features such as smart thermostats, drip detectors and lighting can cut down on your energy bills while keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. While some of the features involve technology, others involve choices around landscaping, furnishing and reusing food waste. All involve intentional choices to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Here are ways you can make your home more sustainable:
Water-saving devices:
Devices and technology that allow for saving water are commonplace and include such things as low-flow or dual-flush toilets, low-flow shower heads, in-sink aerators and drip irrigation systems. You also can save water by replacing old water heaters and dishwashers with EnergyStar appliances.
Smart sprinkler systems:
Instead of having your sprinkler system run at the same time every day, smart sprinkler systems allow you to turn your sprinklers off and on remotely, through an app on a computer or smart phone, to adapt to the weather. Some systems operate automatically, collecting information through moisture sensors and activating when the moisture or temperature reaches a range determined by the user.
Drought-resistant landscaping:
Imagine having a yard that requires little if any watering or fertilizing. That’s what you’ll get when you design a landscape that consists of drought-tolerant or low water use plants selected specifically for your area. You can look for plants that will thrive in your state, or even an area within your state, on the EPA’s list of native plants. The agency also has tips on how to create water-efficient landscaping. Being mindful of your water use won’t just save you money, it also could help you sell your home faster.
Double pane windows and insulation:
Replacing single-pane windows is a low-tech solution that can make a big difference in controlling the temperature and the energy used to heat or cool your home. Likewise for insulation, which may be insufficient in older homes.
Solar energy systems:
Homes with solar energy systems can save energy, lower electric bills and often sell for more than comparable homes.
Smart tech to control temperatures inside your home:
The number of products available to control temperature seems to grow every year. Some of the top ones to consider: Ceiling fans. Includes those with motion sensors and those that connect with apps. Smart shades, operated remotely or on a schedule, which open and close to allow energy to pass through to help cool or warm a room.
LED lightbulbs:
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting accounts for about 15% of an average home’s electricity use. LEDs use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs — and last up to 25 times longer. Switching to LED lights saves the average household about $225 a year in energy costs.
Repurposed furniture and salvaged building materials:
One of the top design trends is second-hand furniture — a trend born of supply chain issues and younger generations committed to sustainability. Older furnishings can be updated with throws and pillows, refinished or painted to create a fresh vibe. You can also save stuff from going into the landfill — and possibly save money — by buying used materials such as doors, cabinets, flooring and windows that have been salvaged from other construction or demolition projects.