If you are looking for a way to reduce your carbon footprint without having to spend too much money on making green upgrades to your home, you will be happy to learn that there are some very cost-effective eco-friendly options available for you to consider. In fact, here are four simple ways to “go green” without breaking the bank and while still maintaining a luxurious home and lifestyle.
Plant More Trees
Shade trees can increase the value of your home while also helping to save on your utilities. In fact, three well-placed trees can help you save anywhere from $100 to $250 by keeping your home cool on the outside. To get the maximum benefit of shade trees, you should plant them near air conditioning units, patios and windows located on the east, west and northwest sides of the home.
Install a Smart Thermostat
For most homeowners, the cost of heating and cooling the home comprises 20 percent of the annual energy bill. Part of this cost is truly wasteful as you pay to cool or heat your home when no one is even home. With a smart thermostat, you can schedule when the heat and air is turned on or you can use your phone to control the temperature in your home. This allows you to turn on the air before you get home, ensuring it is nice and cool when you get there. A smart thermostat system will cost around $250 to purchase, but will save about $150 each year in heating and cooling energy.
Install Bluetooth-Enabled Light Bulbs
Installing energy-efficient light bulbs is a great way to save on energy and everyone knows that lights should be turned off when a room is not in use, but you can make it even easier to turn your lights on and off with the help of Bluetooth-enabled light bulbs. With these special light bulbs, you can turn lights on and off with your phone. You can even use your phone to dim your lights if you choose. Ilumi bulbs cost about $60 per bulb, but they last for up to 20 years and are around five times more energy-efficient than other bulbs. You can also turn off every light in your home all at the same time and from a remote location with these special bulbs.
Purchase a Solar Water Heater
Ranging in cost from $2,000 to $6,000, a solar water heater can help you save more than 50 percent on water heating bills. Therefore, while it is a hefty investment, your solar water heater will pay for itself in four to ten years. It will also increase the value of your home and your insurance company may even offer a discount on your policy when you install a solar water heater.
These are just a few of the steps you can take to make your home “green.” Of course there are many homes currently available on the Los Angeles housing market that are already eco-friendly. If you are interested in learning more about homes available in Southern California, contact our team of luxury real estate experts.
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