Utilities such as electricity, gas, and water are crucial for the function of a home and the survival of its inhabitants.
Unfortunately, many people obtain these resources from providers and plants that use non-renewable sources of energy in a manner that is not very good for the environment.
Nonetheless, there exist many environmentally friendly options for utilities and you and your family can take advantage of them to power, heat, and water your home.
There are many environmentally friendly options you can employ to yield electricity in your home.
You can have solar panels installed; these panels convert light energy from the sun into electricity.
There are also wind turbines you can erect near your abode; these turbines convert kinetic energy from the wind into electricity. I
f you live near a body of water, you may be able to access hydroelectric power–it garners energy from moving water, ultimately generating electricity.
If you have a conventional electricity provider and want to remain with them, inquire about the green options they have available so that you can implement one of those options in your home.
It is worth mentioning that you can also make your consumption of electricity greener by using LED bulbs, which consume at least 75% less energy than traditional bulbs, and smart power strips, which limit the flow of idle electrical current.
There plenty of green alternatives to natural gas.
You could invest in the energy produced by a biomass plant; these plants yield heat by burning materials containing energy from the sun such as agricultural waste and wood products.
You could also utilize geothermal heat pumps; these pumps heat homes by tapping into the thermal energy that exists within the surface layer of the Earth.
If you have a natural gas provider and want to continue doing business with them, ask them if they have any green options to which you can subscribe.
It is important to note that you can make your consumption of natural gas greener by using an energy-efficient water heater. These produce 27%-50% in energy savings.
Programmable thermostats can also make a big difference. They are designed to help people reduce their use of heat at night and in unoccupied spaces
The best way to make your consumption of water greener is to reduce it entirely. You can accomplish this by installing low-flow showerheads; these showerheads have been shown to decrease the use of shower water by more than 25%.
Additionally, you can install faucet aerators, which have been shown to decrease the use of water in an individual’s bathroom and kitchen by 50%.
You and your family can also monitor and limit your use of water when engaging in activities such as shaving and bathing.
Consider purchasing energy-efficient dishwashers and washers; such appliances are designed to conserve water and electricity.
Note that you can completely stave off your use of household water by collecting non-potable water in rain barrels and purifying it using chlorine tablets, iodine treatments, reverse osmosis systems, water filtration systems, UV light purifiers, or boiling and distillation methods.
What’s Right For You?
We believe ecofriendly housing is an important goal to strive towards to ensure future habitability of our planet. Selecting green utilities is a foundational step in creating an ecofriendly home.
There are many ways you can make the utilities in your home greener. Explore your options and think carefully about what will work best for you, your family, and your wallet.
Need help developing a plan for environmentally friendly utilities in your home? Contact us! We would love to help!