If your dream has always been to live off the grid, but you are not there yet, you might be thinking about implementing some changes in your home that will reduce the carbon footprint of your household, as well as your monthly bills.
While the majority of people go for the easy option and the standard saving methods, below you will find a few actionable steps that will allow you to make the most out of your budget and put less pressure on the environment, too.
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Carbon Footprint Monitor
No matter where you live, you can set up a carbon footprint monitor for your home. If you have kids, you can get them to be involved and make them responsible for changing their habits according to what the reading says.
You can find out how much water, electricity, and other resources you use, and even enter the origin of the goods you buy. This is a good way of being more conscious about your lifestyle’s impact on the environment.
Smart Meter and Thermostat
If your main concern is the electricity and heating, you can get a smart meter and thermostat that will prevent you from wasting energy. You can monitor the temperature in your home, even in different rooms, so you never overheat the house and can stay on top of your bills, too.
You will be able to save money on your household bills once you know which appliances and devices are using the most energy.
One of the best ways of reducing your use of electricity is letting the natural light in. It is not only good for your wallet, but also your eyes and mood.
You might have energy efficient bulbs installed in your home, but you will need to consider the long term impact and the carbon footprint, too. The warm sun can, for example, heat up your living room, and you will need to use less power to keep the temperature at a certain level.
In case you would like to take your green project even further, you might invest in solar panels that can be fitted in your garden or on your roof. You will not have to use the electricity that is generated by power plants, and you can get a decent return on investment, too.
Water Use Monitoring
One of the resources people don’t consider saving is water. It might be abundant where you live, but you don’t know what climate change has in store for the future.
That is why you might want to install water saving showers and toilets, and monitor your water use. You can even get Clark Tanks installed, so you can make the most out of your monitoring and preservation project.
Going green and off the grid is just a dream for many people. There are, however, some small changes you can make today that will make your household greener and your wallet thicker, with minimum investments.