Happy Earth Day to all! And, in honor of a day that was created to help people be environmentally conscious, I would love to share a few steps, which the National Association of Home Builders released, to help you save energy and remind you to think green when purchasing a new home. To help reduce your power bills and conserve some energy you can:
- Switch out your light bulbs. This is such a tiny, simple gesture but would make a huge impact. If every home replaced at least five of its most frequently used light bulbs to Energy Star bulbs, the U.S. would save $8 BILLION in energy costs and the greenhouse gas equivalent of emissions from 10 million cars.
- Replace the air filter in your heating and air conditioning. It’s recommended to change the filter every three months, and more if it looks dirty. A dirty and clogged filter slows down air flow, making the system work harder and use more energy. So, keep it clean!
- Seal and insulate your home. You may think that your home is adequately insulated, but you should check it out and add more insulation anyway. The average house saves up to 20% of heating and cooling costs by air sealing and adding insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces.
These are three easy techniques for you to take that could have a huge impact on the environment. And what better day to start thinking green than Earth Day. Also, bear in mind that if looking for a new home in Atlanta real estate, there are many local developers and builders that meet and exceed the standards of EarthCraft and ENERGY Star or are LEED certified – you can find more information about them and their green communities on Atlanta’s favorite real estate blog. Think it over because purchasing a green built house benefits you as well as the environment through lower utility bills – it’s a win-win situation!