More than 50% of Americans have made “going green” a top priority this year. Are you one of them? Earth Day is just around the corner, and there’s no better time than now to act!
But where do you start? To help you sort through all the options, we’ve compiled this list of our top 10 tips for creating an eco-friendly home and going green.
10 Steps to Green
Switching to energy efficient appliances is one way to start your journey to green, but did you know there are many things you can do to your home’s exterior, too?
1) Keep a Garden
You might not consider yourself someone with a “green thumb,” but it doesn’t mean you can’t get started on a small garden outside your home. It’s not only good for nature, but also more efficient for your household. Think about all the fruits and vegetables you won’t have to buy at the store anymore, or the gas you’ll save from not driving to the grocer.
2) Go Vintage
Thinking about re-doing the patio furniture this year? Consider using some second-hand pieces. You’re more eco-friendly when you reuse things that have already been produced. Used doesn’t necessarily mean abused!
3) Start a Compost Pile
Composting is one of the best things you can do for the Earth. The nutrients it produces are phenomenal for the soil! Plus, it’s an eco-friendly way to ditch your trash.
4) Change Your Light Bulbs
How many light bulbs do you use in your home – for both interior and the exterior lighting? Buying (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) only helps your wallet, but it also has less of an impact on the environment, as they are incredibly eco-friendly.
5) Don’t Heat/Cool an Empty House
Did you know that by opening your blinds and letting in the natural light, you can warm your home without turning up the thermostat? And with heavy curtains, you can keep out the warmth of the sunlight in the summer and keep your home cooler. Don’t heat or cool your empty home, and consider taking advantage of the Earth’s natural heating and cooling systems.
6) Cover Your Pool
You may be looking forward to opening the pool for the season, but did you ever consider how much water evaporates when it is not in use and not covered? Simply putting a cover on your pool keeps the water cleaner…and in the pool, where it belongs.
7) Ditch the Leaf Blower
Many homeowners rely on leaf blowers for raking leaves and cleaning out gutters. If you ditch the blower and use a rake, not only are you will you save energy, but you’ll also get a workout! Hey, it’s time to get into bathing suit shape, anyway.
8) Eco-Friendly Home Paint
Spring-cleaning may have led you to decide you need to paint the exterior of your home this year. Before you run to your nearest home store, consider the options you have for eco-friendly paint and where you can get it.
9) Invest in Concrete
You may be surprised to learn concrete is an eco-friendly substance. And there are many ways concrete can be used on the exterior of your home. Consider concrete roofing systems, concrete walls, and concrete for the exterior flatwork of your home before any other substance if you want to maximize your “green” impact outside.
10) Eco-Friendly Siding is Real
Choosing siding for your home is an option that allows you to go green, too. Focus on the environmental benefits of the siding you choose. For example, certain Teed fiber-cement siding is manufactured using 30% post-industrial fly ash – a byproduct of coal power plants. That makes this a “green” option, for sure.
Bonus Tip: Make Sure Your Outdoor Cleaning Products are “Green”
Many companies have made a huge effort to create eco-friendly products. In addition to green cleaning products for indoor use, there are many eco-friendly products on the market to keep up with the exterior of your home.
It’s Easy Being Green, and We Can Help
In case you need some help making eco-friendly choices for your home, we’re here for you. The team at Able Roofing has been helping the Columbus, Ohio community since 1986. We offer roofing, siding, windows, exterior doors, masonry services, and even solar panels. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got the answers you’re looking for. Give us a call today!