As solar technology improves with years, more homeowners are interested in harnessing the power of the Sun. Nowadays, solar energy is getting more affordable, which means more households can benefit from free energy generated with the help of their solar panels. If you are like most homeowners, you want to make the most of the solar system you installed. Fortunately, there are a plethora of ways to do so, and they range from investing in a couple of upgrades to scheduling regular cleaning and maintenance. Whether you’re looking to green your home or simply want to save some money on your monthly utility bills (or both!), here are some of the best ways to maximize the efficiency of a solar panel.
We’re constantly thinking of new and creative ways to save money, from clothing swaps to no-spend days to making your coffee instead of buying it. Often times, coming up with inventive ways to save money takes time and effort, and often leaves us feeling like we’re missing out — but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Making eco-friendly changes, whether big or small, to your home can have a huge impact on both the planet and your wallet. In fact, according to the US Department of Energy, making your home greener can save anywhere from $723–$1182 annually. Whether you’re looking to build, remodel, or simply spruce up your home, there are opportunities in every room to make more sustainable choices.
If you’ve never looked into eco-friendly home improvements, you may not even know where to start. The animation below outlines the anatomy of a green home and gives 24 suggestions on how to go green and save green.
Every way you turn nowadays, you can hear about people going green, embracing the green lifestyle and turning their homes into eco-friendly sanctuaries, which is good. Our environment is at such a state where we should try better to do better because things are not quite looking great at this moment.
However, the fact is that turning your home into an eco-friendly oasis is not too complicated if your home is fairly new or if you are building it from scratch. But if you live in an older house, things might get a bit tricky, but it’s definitely not impossible. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of some nifty tricks that should help you out.
Sustainability has become an essential aspect of homeownership, and it wasn’t always like that. In the past, though people certainly didn’t deliberately set up their homes in order to harm the environment, they weren’t exactly conscious about their environmental impacts, either.
Now, aside from overall appearance and location, having a sustainable home is perhaps the most important item on a homebuyer’s priority list. According to a 2017 survey, 84% of survey respondents said that living in a sustainable or green home “is important to them.”
Aside from recycling, composting, and simply not leaving electronics on and plugged in all week long, what can property owners actually do to achieve a more eco-friendly, cozy, and cost-effective home?
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Every day, homeowners and landlords use a wide variety of cleaning products to spray, scrub, buff and polish our properties in the efforts of creating a cleaner, safer and welcoming environment within which to live and work. Unfortunately, whilst these cleaning agents may leave our homes looking sparkling on the surface, it can be shocking when you scratch the veneer and unearth the detrimental impact these cleaning agents can have on your health and the environment as a whole.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than outside air due to the accumulation of volatile organic compound (VOC) levels caused by chemical cleaning agents. Moreover, every year over 100,000 marine lives are killed as a direct result of the plastic packaging pollution related to commercial cleaning products. Combine these numbers with the additional marine and animal fatalities caused by toxic pollution (when synthetic cleaning chemicals enter our natural waterways) and the result is a dramatic decrease in wildlife numbers and the degrading function of local, national and global ecosystems.
Despite these dire circumstances, there are several steps which homeowners and landlords alike can implement to improve their health and to safeguard the environment for the future. Using eco-friendly cleaning agents within your home can improve air quality, reduce your personal carbon footprint and inspire others to adopt environmentally conscious cleaning practices. To help you do so EP Cleaners have created an extensive resource, which will equip you with everything you need to know in order to clean your home in an efficient, affordable, and eminently eco-friendly manner.