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4 ways to make your home more sustainable and eco-friendly

January 4, 2021

With sustainability becoming a hotter topic in everyday discussions, you may be wondering how to make your home as eco-friendly as possible. Even if solar panels are on your list of renovation projects, there are still many ways to improve your carbon footprint right now.

Here are four ways to make your home more green, straight from the home sustainability consultants at Team Contractors.

1. DIY and shop secondhand

Consider DIY projects for things you need around the house and upcycling things you’d otherwise throw away — think old cans and jars, fabric from damaged clothes, and even furniture. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of DIY projects online to breathe new life into any of your old belongings.

And if you really must shop to replace tools, furniture, and other necessities around the house, consider buying gently-used items from thrift stores or places like Facebook Marketplace instead.

2. Change the way you do your laundry

Wash your clothes in cold water when possible to cut down on the amount of energy needed to heat the water you use. Hot water breaks down your clothes faster too — so not only will you save on energy costs, you’ll extend the life of your clothes and reduce the need to buy new ones sooner.

Similarly, you can prevent your fabrics from deteriorating and slash your energy bill at the same time by line-drying your clothes instead of putting them in the dryer.

And when the time comes to replace your washer and dryer, opt for energy- and water-efficient versions.

3. Install window treatments (or upgrade the ones you have now)

Just like the insulation between the walls of your house, the window treatments you have play a huge part in regulating the temperature of your home too. Without the right ones, heat can creep out of your home in the colder months and let cold air escape in the summer.

Change the ones you have now to ones that are proven to maintain your home’s internal temperature to reduce your electric bill and save money. While you’re at it, check all of your window frames and seal any gaps you find, and consider double glazing the windows themselves to provide even more insulation.

4. Install a smart thermostat

During the summer and winter months, it can be tempting to leave the cool or hot air running all day and all night. However, that’s one of the easiest ways to rack up a huge energy bill at the end of the month. You may not even need it all the time, especially if you’re out for part of the day.

With a smart meter, you’ll be better able to track the temperature of your home, leaving the heater and A/C on when you need it — and not when you don’t.

Book your appointment with Team Contractors today

When you’re looking for a home sustainability consultant in Morris County, turn to the experts at Team Contractors. With just one consultation, we can help you find more ways to improve the sustainability factor and reduce the energy bill of your home.

In addition to our more traditional remodeling and repair services, we also offer solar panel installation and monitoring services for residential and commercial properties to ensure that your solar system runs as efficiently as possible. Invest in this natural energy resource today to reap a host of benefits in the future.

Ready to get started? Schedule a call with a member of our team on our website. However, if you have any pressing questions or concerns about our services, you can reach our team directly by calling (973) 453-2537.

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