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Beyond Solar Panels and Recycling Bins

More and more people are making the choice to live greener and more waste conscious lives. Living in an energy efficient way is good for your wallet and being eco friendly is good for your conscience and your planet. Making active choices like recycling or installing solar panels or driving a hybrid car can help you make positive steps towards that goal, but keep in mind that there’s more than one way to live green, and there are other, less obvious steps to take that are equally powerful.


If you’re building a new home, the design of your home can do a lot to increase energy efficiency. Everything from the placement of your home to the size and type of windows can play a role in making your home more energy efficient. A good residential architect can help you find a design that suits your needs while at the same time conserving energy and reducing waste. 


If, however, you live in an already built home, you might think there’s not much you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. That’s not the case at all. For starters, living in an old home is inherently better for the environment, because all construction projects of that scale create a carbon footprint. You can upgrade your home to new, eco friendly standards by checking the insulation and updating your appliances to energy efficient models.


Last but not least, consider your landscaping choices. How much water do you waste keeping your lawn green and what can you do to change that? Are you spending a lot of money on heating when you could plant trees to create a windbreak? Alternately, are there trees preventing you from putting in solar panels that could be removed? Almost every aspect of your home can be tweaked to be more environmentally conscious.