As a follow up to part 1 of our “Small Changes Can Make a Big Impact” blog post series, here are five more tips to help you make the quality of life within your home better. Simple changes can lead to a big collective impact. If you have your own simple tips to add, please feel free to share them with us via Twitter or Facebook.
1. Use natural ventilation. It’s the perfect time of year to start taking advantage of the clean outdoor air by bringing it into your home. By opening windows or doors, you can replace all the old, stale air inside your home with fresh outdoor air. Not only will your house become more ventilated and improve indoor air quality, you can also cut down on the amount you have to use your air conditioner (depending on your environment, of course). An open window and a fan can go a long way toward improving your comfort level.
2. Adjust you thermostat. Programmable thermostats can be incredible tools for managing your energy usage and consumption. Whether you are controlling heat during the colder months or cool air during warmer months, setting your thermostat in a smart way can save you big. Think about when you won’t be home for long periods of time and adjust accordingly. Map out your typical week’s activities and set your thermostat accordingly.
3. Plant trees and shrubs. Sometimes, the best way to save energy use inside your home is to start outside. By planting trees and shrubs around your home, you can decrease the amount of energy needed by your air conditioning unit to cool your home during warmer Spring and Summer days. Using smart landscaping can create an “energy shield” around your home and provide a sort of insulation, which benefits your energy consumption all year round.