Eco Friendly Items that Make for a More Efficient Home
At EcoSmart Shades, we put a large emphasis on the environment. Our shades are inherently energy efficient, which helps our customer’s lessen their environmental footprint! Not only does this help make for a more eco conscious home, but our shades actually help save on our customer’s utility bills!
Today we wanted to take a moment to recognize other energy efficient products that might be of benefit to you, your home, and your wallet.
1. Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
When comparing traditional light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs, there are a lot of advantages when it comes to picking energy efficient bulbs. For starters, they use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional bulbs, reducing the amount electricity needed to light your home.
They also typically last 3 – 25 times longer, which means you don’t need to replace your bulb as often. Most energy efficient bulbs are available in plethora of different colors and styles, meaning you won’t have to sacrifice the look of your interior space.
2. Energy Star Appliances
Buying a washer, dryer or other appliance is never something someone looks forward to doing. However, if you choose an Energy Star appliance, it signals energy efficiency and typically uses 20-30% less energy than what is required by federal standards.
The next time you’re shopping for appliances, look for the Energy Star sticker, it’s hard to miss. Since its inception in 2006, more than 40,000 products have become available. The products rang from appliances to home electronics. The EPA has stated that this program has saved more than an estimated $14 billion in energy costs, how cool is that!
3. Water-Efficient Toilets
Out of all the places you can use water in your home; toilets are perhaps the most important. Nearly 30% of the average home’s water consumption is due to toilets. Older and outdated toilets use as much 6 gallons per flush, which is a waste of water in your home.
New technology now lets toilets use less than 1.28 gallons per flush, making them 350% more efficient then the older version. An interesting fact the EPA put together was that if everyone in the United States installed these new energy efficient toilets and replaced the old ones, as a country we’d save 520 billion gallons of water per year. That’s the equivalent of how much water flows over and through Niagara Falls in 12 days!
4. Energy Efficient Windows
We talk a lot about energy efficient cellular window treatments on our blog, but something you may have overlooked is the windows themselves. Windows are often one of the more attractive features that you may have in your home.
Older homes often feature single paned windows. While these windows are may look fine in your home, replacing them with double paned windows will likely lead to a more efficient home and give your space a higher R-Value. Steve Poitz, who is a member of the Canadian Window Standards Subcommittee, has stated that “even a clear glass, double-paned vinyl or wood-framed window can reduce energy usage by up to 24 percent in cold climates during the winter, and by up to 18 percent in hot climates during the summer, when compared to older, single-pane models.”
There’s a lot to consider from what we’ve discussed today. There are many additional ways you can increase the efficiency of your home and lessen your impact on the environment. To learn more about energy efficiency, stay tuned to the EcoSmart Shades bog. We also encourage you to check out our cellular shades. If you happen to have untreated windows, they’ll help improve the overall efficiency of your home!