homeIf everyone were to reduce their carbon footprint our cities would be less burdened with pollution and the environment would be better off. Only once we have addressed the wastage, problems in our society (trash and energy), can we live in harmony on with this planet. Until then, however, we can focus on making our homes more energy efficient. Here are simple and inexpensive ways that you can make your home more energy efficient today:

1. Use Thick Curtains

Thick curtains are a great solution to both block out the hot summer sun in the summer and to keep cold out during the winter. Use the power of the sun to heat your home further during winter, and once the sun has passed your window, close the curtains so that the heat cannot escape. Curtains are the cheaper solution to upgrading your windows.

2. Change Your Lights

What a better way to save money than by changing products rather than habits? For example, by installing LED lighting you can save money while not changing your habits in any way. Opt for energy-efficient light bulbs in all other areas of your home to truly see a dent in your monthly energy bill, but increase savings by only illuminating the rooms you are using.

3. Use Rugs

If you don’t have carpet in your home, use rugs instead. Having hardwood flooring and rugs is a great way to both heat and cool your home. If your place gets too hot in summer, you can remove the rugs so that air can flow more freely along the floor. In winter, the rugs will hold on to heat better, and be more kind to your feet when you first wake up.

4. Use Ceiling Fans and Windows to Cool Down (and Warm Up)

Cooling a home can be just as important as heating one. In summer, use windows and ceiling fans strategically so that you benefit most from the breeze. Another great tip: your fan can also be used in winter to push the risen warm air back down into the room, meaning you’ll need to use less energy to heat the area of the home you care about: you and the floor.

5. Don’t Heat or Cool Your Home When You are Not There

You should never have your thermostat on when you are not in the house. It is a mistake to even leave it running on low, as studies show, because even that small amount of energy is lost while you are away from home. The best system to have is either a timer or a wireless one, so you can turn your system on a hour before you get home so it is warm or cool by the time you get back.

These simple changes are not expensive or demanding to do. They are perfect for both renters and for home owners alike, and using them will reduce your carbon footprint and your monthly energy bills. If you want to further commit to being green, focus on producing less waste and consider alternative energy-solutions. It is very possible to reduce or even eliminate your carbon footprint. Your wallet and your community will thank you.

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