Cost-Effective Ways to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

It’s essential that we give back to our environment in any way we can, and at Eighteen Capital Group, we do this by incorporating cutting-edge “green” technologies in all of our managed properties. Sustainability is key to the preservation of our ecosystem, and we can practice this in a multitude of ways. Homes that exude eco-friendly qualities will not only give back to our environment, but they can also save you money in the long-run–certainly a win-win in my book.

In an effort to make our homes environmentally conscious, here are a few excellent and cost-effective upgrades you can make:

  • Install a Smart Meter: One of the biggest culprits of energy consumption in your home is your heating system. Especially true during the cold winter months, your heating system uses an exorbitant amount of energy and money. To solve this problem, you may want to consider installing a smart meter. Smart meters can be programmed for maximum efficiency, they are an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint, and they will save you money on your next energy bill.
  • Energy Efficient Light Bulbs: Cheap and easy to find, energy-efficient light bulbs are another sure-fire way to promote sustainability in your home. These bulbs use less electricity while lasting much longer than the average bulb.
  • Window Treatments: While natural light can add the perfect aesthetic to a home, too much natural light can make your house a bit warmer, requiring your air conditioning system to work hard to keep your house cool. In turn, this can cause significant increases in your energy bill at the end of the month. To solve this problem, consider the various window treatments you can invest in for your home. From glass tints to curtains, there are many cost-effective options to keep the temperature of your house regulated properly.
  • Low Flow Shower Heads: Long, hot showers can lead to wasted water and energy. Luckily, low-flow shower heads are the perfect solution for individuals who enjoy 10-15 minutes of peace in the shower but don’t want to waste money and water. Low flow shower heads can decrease water consumption by 40% or more. These shower heads exude sustainability by reducing water consumption while decreasing your water bill at the same time.

While these are only a few small examples, there are a multitude of ways to practice sustainability in your home. This is a practice we take very serious throughout Eighteen Capital Group and in my own home. How do you practice sustainability in your home?

~ Scott Asner Kansas City, Missouri (Founding Principal of Eighteen Capital Group)

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