If you’re an environmentally conscious person and have the means to buy a home, you have a lot of options to make your property greener. You can add solar panels to your roof, invest in energy-efficient appliances or build from the ground up using sustainable materials. If you’re renting, however, you may feel as though your choices are limited. Whether you rent or own your home, there are many simple solutions you can use to help conserve our natural resources, plus save some money on your utility bills.
One of the easiest changes you can make that will still have a big impact is to replace any incandescent light bulbs you may have around your place. Choosing alternatives such as LEDs can significantly cut down the amount of power you consume. Similarly, unplugging your phone charger or other electronics when they’re not in use also helps reduce waste and lessen the burden on the electrical grid. If you notice any drafts around your windows or doors, installing some weather stripping can prevent your HVAC system from working overtime.
Living a greener lifestyle does more than benefit the environment — it can also give your budget a little more breathing room. For more ideas you can use around your home, take a look at the accompanying guide.