The cost of just about everything has gone up these days. From inflation to supply chain issues our expenses just keep getting more expensive. This is why it’s so important to try to make our homes more sustainable. There are so many ways that we can lower energy bills, for instance.
It’s a win-win scenario. We are doing our part for the environment while also lowering our bills. Some of these things we recommend will be expensive to start but will pay for themselves over time with the savings you will see. For example, a complete solar system for home is not exactly cheap but the rising price of energy makes it a great way to be resilient. In this article, we will go over several of the ways that you can be more sustainable and save money, too.
1 – Go with renewables
Making your own energy is essential to making your house more sustainable. There are two factors to think about. One is the electricity that you need to power all of your appliances and devices. This can be done with solar panels that store electricity in lithium batteries and can power all the modern needs of a regular family.
The second is heat. Heating the house usually means using gas or oil to fuel a hydronic system. These days you can use solar to create heat by using a heat pump. They use electricity and are very efficient at heating a house. You can essentially heat your house for free if you have solar electricity and a heat pump.
The technology has improved tremendously in the last few years so solar panels work well even if you live in an area with limited sunlight. And batteries are able to store a lot more energy than ever before.
2 – Upgrade your windows
A lot of heat goes out of your windows and doors every day. To make sure the heat stays in your house and you aren’t wasting resources, you should go for new windows. These windows are sealed better and feature two panes of glass so little heat is passed through to the outside.
The same holds true for the summer when you need to keep the house cool. Double-paned windows will make sure that your house stays cool and that there is less need for air conditioning.
3 – Save water
Water is also becoming a scarce resource and is getting expensive to boot. When you switch your fixtures for low-flow versions, you will be saving a lot of water. These fixtures are designed to still give you good water pressure while also using less than half of what you previously used to use.
Another great way to save water is to use a greywater system. This is when you connect your sinks, showers, and washing machine to a series of pipes and cisterns that empty the water out into your yard. This uses the water to keep your lawn or your garden watered so you don’t have to use sprinklers or a hose.