Go Green: Slash Utility Bills in half!

Brick Dwelling with solar panels on the roof. Photo courtesy of Vivint Solar, Lehi, Utah on Unsplash.

By Sorista Vaught

Interested in what a “green house” looks like? We will take a look at insulation treatments, lighting changes, water conservation and solar energy among other things that may be more obtainable in your current home than you realize.

Let’s take a look first at the role insulation plays in going green. Losing heat or cool through the cracks in your home is one big way you are losing money. New green homes are blasting insulation straight up into the underside of the roof thus insulating the space in the attic as well as that below. This is smart. Anywhere else where air is leaking out needs to be sealed properly. New green homes are getting wall insulation placed on the outside of the structure to insulate the entire inside of the structure. Hardwood and tile floors can utilize area carpets to better insulate and keep drafts down. Also look around doors and windows to be sure the seal is tight, preventing air from escaping.

The lights you use can make a difference in your bills. Led lights are bright and efficient and last much longer than your average incandescent bulb. New green homes are often utilizing skylights which are a big savings on your electric bill by utilizing natural light. Remembering to turn off lights you are not using will also save you money.

Making use of water saving techniques is another way going green is saving people money. Using a low-flow shower-head can greatly decrease water consumption. Stopping water flow when brushing teeth or shaving saves water too. Some new smart homes are making use of gutter systems that direct water from the roof into a rain barrel that can be accessed to irrigate your yard.

Solar energy is another way people are saving on their electric bill. Solar energy is becoming less expensive to generate. This form of clean energy can be utilized to generate to the point of giving into the power grid to actually have the electric company send you money.

Create a compost bin to recycle veggie scraps to nourish your own produce grown in a garden in your yard. This gardening venture can make use of your rain barrel too.

Remember to turn off and unplug the energy guzzling devices around your home when they are not in use.

Sustainability consultants such as Field’s Engineering Consultant Services, LLC have the knowledge you need to guide you into a plan that can start saving you a lot of money. If you are preparing to build or remodel, give us a call and find out how you can become energy savvy by utilizing some wise tweaks to your plans. If your existing home needs a face lift or you are looking for wise adjustments to make, we will be glad to be of assistance. Barry Field is a certified Leed Green Associate, which means he tested and qualified to design green constructions and he belongs to the U.S. Green Building Council. Feel free to contact us at (931) 456-6071.

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