Help Your Earth and Yourself With A More Environmentally Friendly Home

These days we hear more and more about the long term effects of global warming, and carbon and fossil fuel gas emissions. With all the information we now have about the destruction and protection of the environment, more and more consumers are turning to more environmentally friendly practices in their lifestyle choices.

People are opting for cars that get better gas mileage. More and more consumers want their produce to be locally grown, and we are all trying to consume less energy. This is all fantastic news for the environment, but the fundamental concern is: at what cost is it to us? Are these things more expensive? Is it more expensive to live a more environmentally conscientious lifestyle? The truth of the matter is that it is of tremendous cost to us to NOT make these changes. Consuming less means saving more. More what? More money!

When we are conserving gasoline or the energy we use to heat and cool our homes, we save money. We win too. Not only do we protect the earth for generations to come, we save money for the generations we are caring for right now.

One area of our lives where we consume great amounts of energy is in the heating and cooling of our homes. And in colder places where blistery freezing temperatures dominate the winter months, you need to keep warm to make it through the harsh season. With oil prices constantly fluctuating, who knows how much it will cost to heat your home this winter? So how do we conserve energy and keep you energy costs low? One of the easiest ways is to make sure that the seals around your windows and doors are tight.

We lose a tremendous amount of energy through these little cracks. You may remember your parents saying, “close the door, we’re not paying to heat the outside!” Well, with loose or non-existent seals around your windows and doors, you are, in fact, heating the outside. Also, if your windows and doors are old and /or cracked you may need to consider window replacement. Old wood windows simply do not insulate the way modern ones do.

There will be an initial cost when replacing windows but the long-term savings make it worth the investment. In colder places, window replacement may mean the difference between expensive or reasonable winter heating bills. Another way to conserve energy use in your home is to be sure that it is well insulated. Older homes are especially guilty in this area, and you could be paying through the nose to keep your home warm. Contact a construction or home improvement contractor for estimates and professional advice.

It is time that we all do these simple things to make the earth a safer, healthier place to live. What’s more is that there are loads of simple ways to do that. The benefits are not simply long term. We can enjoy these benefits now and feel even better about tomorrow. The best and easiest place to start is right at home.

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