How to Create a Greener Home


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There are many different ways to go green at home. Even if you do just one or two of the below five things, you can make a big difference for our environment — and you’ll see the results on your bills.

 

Monitor your temperature

Nearly half of a home’s energy usage goes toward heating and cooling. Keep filters clean, consider a new/more efficient furnace, and make good use of ceiling fans.

 

Upgrade outdated appliances

It’s estimated that almost 20 percent of the typical home’s energy bill can be attributed to appliance use. By upgrading to newer appliances, you’ll consume significantly less energy.

 

Save water

Putting an aerator on faucets can cut your annual consumption by half. Consider installing low-flow toilets, which use just over half the normal amount per flush.

 

Let the sun shine

The cheapest and most environmentally sound heat and light source is just outside your window. Open blinds, drapes, and shutters to let solar energy warm and brighten your home naturally.

 

Use greener cleaners

There’s an abundance of green cleaning products available these days. A simple online search will reveal which products are gentler to the environment than others.

5 Easy Ways to a Greener Home


 

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In celebration of Earth Day, we’re taking a look at the many ways you can go green at home. Below are five that will make a difference for our environment and lower your bills.

 

* Upgrade outdated appliances: 18% of a typical home’s energy bill can be attributed to appliances. Replace older models with Energy Star appliances and you’ll use 10 to 15% less energy and water.

 

* Monitor your temperature: Nearly half of a home’s energy usage goes toward heating and cooling. To cut consumption, keep filters clean, consider a new/more efficient furnace, use ceiling fans, and adjust thermostats while you’re away.

 

* Save Water: Put an aerator on faucets and install low-flow toilets to cut water consumption by half.

 

* Buy greener cleaners: There’s an abundance of green cleaning products these days, so there’s no need to clean with products that are toxic to the environment.

 

* Switch out bulbs: The upfront cost is higher, but replacing light bulbs with more efficient models will save you money. CFL bulbs use 66% less energy and last 10 times longer than standard bulbs.

 

Happy Earth Day everyone!

5 Easy Ways to a Greener Home


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There are many different ways to go green at home. There are big ways, like investing in solar panels, and there are smaller ones like growing your own vegetables. Even if you do just one or two of the below five things, you can make a big difference for our environment  — and you’ll see the results on your bills.

 

Upgrade outdated appliances — This one requires a bit of an investment, but you just may be wasting more money keeping old appliances than you’d spend replacing them with new ones. Eighteen percent of a typical home’s energy bill can be attributed to appliance use. By upgrading to newer Energy Star appliances you’ll consume 10- to 15% less energy and water than standard models.

 

Monitor your temperature — Nearly half of a home’s energy usage goes toward heating and cooling. Keep your filters clean, consider a new/more efficient furnace, and make good use of ceiling fans. Also, turn the heat or A/C up or down, depending on the season, while you’re out of the house. Just a few degrees can make a nice dent in your energy bills.

 

Save Water — Putting an aerator on your faucets can cut your annual consumption by half. You can also install low-flow toilets, which use just over half the normal amount per flush.

 

Switch out your bulbs — Replacing your light bulbs can save you money even though the upfront cost per bulb is higher. CFL bulbs use 66% less energy and last 10 times longer than standard bulbs. Replacing a 100-watt regular bulb with a 32-watt CFL can save you $30 per bulb.

 

Buy greener cleaners — There’s an abundance of green cleaning products available these days, so there’s no longer a need to clean with products that are toxic to both you and the environment. A simple online search will reveal which products are greener than others.

 

 

Exquisite Earth-Friendly Homes


Happy Earth Day! There are countless ways to “go green” in support of this worldwide holiday, but some of the most effective ways to support Mother Earth result from making changes at home. We recently outlined a variety of things you can do in your home to go green, from changing lightbulbs to upgrading appliances, all of which you can find by clicking here.

 

Today, we wanted to bring you a little bit of a different spin on things. If you want to go green and you’re in the market for a new home, we’ve go the perfect solution for you. Below are seven homes, currently for sale, that are all Energy Star Certified!

 

When you buy one of these homes, you can be sure that you’ll feel good about your decision knowing that your home is one of the most earth-friendly on the block. They have a range of energy efficient and green features, like solar panels, energy efficient windows, low flow toilets, and more. And who knew being green could look so fabulous?

Exquisite Earth-Friendly HomesExquisite Earth-Friendly Homes^301 Creekside Drive, McKinney

Exquisite Earth-Friendly HomesExquisite Earth-Friendly Homes^905 Tranquility Drive, Fairview

Exquisite Earth-Friendly HomesExquisite Earth-Friendly Homes^6675 Mediterranean Drive #3406, McKinney

Exquisite Earth-Friendly HomesExquisite Earth-Friendly Homes^6910 La Vista, Dallas

Exquisite Earth-Friendly HomesExquisite Earth-Friendly Homes^3691 San Gabriel, Frisco

Exquisite Earth-Friendly HomesExquisite Earth-Friendly Homes^4915 Mill Run Road, Dallas

Exquisite Earth-Friendly HomesExquisite Earth-Friendly Homes^ 7041 Bealteau Lane, Dallas

 To see all the homes on the market that are Energy Star Certified, click here!

6 Easy Ways to a Greener Home


6 Easy Ways to a Greener Home

There are many different ways to go green at home. There are big ways to save the environment, like investing in solar panels, and there are smaller ones like growing your own vegetables. Since not everyone has the time or the money to do everything we can do to be completely green, here’s a list of 6 easy ways to go green around your home. Even if you just do one of two of these things, you can make a big difference on the environment and you’ll see the results on your bills.

 

1. Upgrade outdated appliances: You may think this is an expensive fix, and it’s true that it does require a bit of an investment, but you’re probably wasting more money keeping your old appliances than you’d spend replacing them with new ones. 18% of a typical home’s total energy bill can be attributed to appliances use. If you buy Energy Star appliances you’ll use 10-15% less energy and water than standard models. And there’s a bonus- if just 1 in 10 homes updated to energy-efficient appliances, it would be equivalent to planting 1.7 million new acres of trees!

 

2. Monitor your temperature: Nearly half of a home’s totally energy usage goes toward heating a cooling. Keep your filters clean, consider a new/more efficient furnace, and make good use of ceiling fans. Also, turn the heat or A/C down or up, depending on the season, while you’re out of the house. Just a few degrees can make a dent in your energy bills and you’ll get used to it faster than you may expect.

 

3. Save Water: Putting an aerator on your faucets can cut your annual consumption by half! You can also install low-flow toilets, which use just over half the normal amount per flush.

 

4. Buy greener cleaners: There is an abundance of green cleaning products out there these days, so there’s no longer a need to clean with products that are toxic to both you and the environment. A simple online search will reveal which products are greener than others.

 

5. Switch out your bulbs: Replacing your lightbulbs can save you money even though the upfront cost per bulb can be higher. CFL bulbs use 66% less energy and last 10 times longer than standard bulbs, and replacing a 100-watt regular bulb with a 32-watt CFL can save you $30 per bulb.

 

6. Pick your wood wisely: If you love the look of hardwood flooring opt for one of the more eco-friendly options, like bamboo. Bamboo grows faster in nature and therefore has less of an impact on the environment than traditional wood floors.

 

Have you gone green in your home? Comment below and let us know how