4 Greener Ways To An Eco-Friendly Summer Home

Do you take conservation for granted during the summertime? It’s easy to do because you assume that you won’t burn as much energy when the temperatures skyrocket. After all, it doesn’t seem likely that you’ll need to heat the house, so your carbon footprint should fall.

It’s a nice thought, but it isn’t guaranteed. When it comes to living greener, you’ve got to take concrete steps to lower your CO2 emissions, or they’ll plateau. Therefore, the first step is to realize that you’ve still got to do a job.

Once you do that, you can take a look at the following. Here are four green and accessible ways to make your home eco-friendly this summer.

Replace Doors & Windows

Entry points are where most of the property’s energy is lost.

If they aren’t fitted correctly, the hot air will dissipate pretty much straight away. Or, on the flip side, the cooler air from outside will make its way into your house.

As a result, you’ll need to burn more gas and electricity to heat your home. Windows and doors don’t have to be problematic if you replace them with environmentally-friendly versions.

Other than that, you can replace the glass in windows so that there is a vacuum, as well as placing insulation under the frames to stop drafts.

Draw The Curtains

There’s no need to turn on the lights once the sun has risen and is still in the sky.

UV rays are the best lights you can ask for, which is why you should let them into your home. Start by drawing the curtains as wide as possible.

Yes, it makes the view from outside clearer, but that’s a trade-off you have to consider. Installing blinds is an option for those who want light and privacy, as is opting for plantation shutters.

Conserve Water

Going green isn’t only about cutting your energy bills and using less gas and electricity.

It’s about saving water, too. Water is the most important asset in the world, yet the average US household uses twice as much as it needs to in a single year. That equates to around 300 million gallons of H2O per day.

It’s clear to everyone that our habits have to alter, and you can do this by fitting a new showerhead or faucets. Fittings and fixtures that don’t release as much water won’t waste it, either.

If you have a hot tub or Jacuzzi, you should think about modifying it, too. 

Decorate With Plants

Having a backup plan is a wise move.

At least then you can lower your house’s CO2 footprint even if you find tweaking your routine challenging. And, it’s easy to do if you decorate with plants and flowers. They are natural absorbers of carbon, so they purify the air in your home.

Plus, they release oxygen, which means the air will be fresher and less stale. Most houseplants work well, but bamboo is considered a specialist.

Do you assume your home is automatically greener in the summer? Are you ready to change?

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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