Nov 10, 2010 Written by 
10 November 2010
As a homeowner and consumer, you make many decisions when it comes to purchasing products for your home. If you’ve already explored buying green products from the grocery store, perhaps now you can consider turning your house into a green home.

Homeowners can make gradual improvements that reduce energy costs and benefit the natural environment. From heating to flooring, you can use these ideas to make a green home:

  1. Solar panels. You can buy different types of solar panels, from the cheaper panels that heat your household water supply to the more costly solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that can supply energy to your home.
  2. Better insulation. You can buy insulation for the walls and roofs of your home that reduce the amount of energy needed to heat or cool your home. You can also use an energy auditor to identify ways to reduce energy wastage caused by leaks around windows and doors.
  3. Window Insulation – by double glazing your windows with a retrofit glazing panel you can improve your heat consumption in winter plus airconditioning bills in summer.
  4. Energy-efficient lighting. There are many options when it comes to lighting your home, from compact fluorescent bulbs to installing special windows that reflect heat and harvest sunlight.
  5. Recycled flooring. You can buy flooring made from recycled or reused materials, including wood that is reused and fabricated into timber floors. You can also choose bare concrete flooring composed of recycled concrete that keeps your home naturally cooler.
  6. Smart water consumption. You can make simple changes like changing the faucets in your kitchen and bathrooms. A smart showerhead or sink faucet will cost you less than twenty dollars. You can also use timers to reduce water consumption during baths and showers and buy a household washer that uses half the water of ordinary washers.

Becoming a smarter homeowner includes buying products that save money and waste. Turning your house into a green home with energy-efficient practices and products for daily living is easy and cost-effective. You can do your part for a sustainable Earth and save money on household living costs.

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