Going green has a reputation for being expensive. But the price we pay for our choices does not reflect the full cost. For example, whatever we buy probably comes with packaging. Then we have to pay to discard it. And we have to pay for the energy it takes to go to the store and get it.
Free, clean power from the sun now powers products literally everywhere. You don’t have to put solar panels on your roof to take advantage of solar power. In fact, you can carry some solar products with you, and others can even stay indoors!
Building codes constantly change to mandate energy efficiency. The newer a house is, the more likely it is to be energy efficient. But what are your home improvement options if you live in an older home?
Green living doesn’t have to be complicated, but it will touch every part of your life. Now, don’t make too many changes all at once, but eventually you’ll change the way you eat, clean, take care of your yard, travel, and so on.
Sustainability begins at home. That is, we can’t demand that governments or businesses or our society in general act sustainably until we do ourselves. You can practice sustainability at home by adopting such habits as reducing waste or conserving water. But what is a sustainable home?
Choosing the right thermostat for your home is more complicated than it used to be. Not long ago, you only had a choice among brands of manual thermostats. You can still get a manual thermostat if you want. But now you need to consider the features of programmable thermostats and smart thermostats.
When I was in junior high school, my dad painted our house green. That’s not what we mean by a green home today, is it? We mean a sustainable home. Today, you can build a home to earn LEED certification. (That’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.) LEED is green. But can you have a green home that wasn’t built that way?