A Little Bit of Green

By Karin Connelly

While building a green home is a great way to help promote a healthy environment, there are plenty of things you can do in your existing home to save energy and maintain an eco-friendly lifestyle. Mike Payne, vice president of Payne & Payne Builders and chair of the HBA’s Green Building Initiative, shares five simple things you can do today.

  1. Use a programmable thermostat. This allows you to program the home’s temperature to turn the air conditioning and heat up or down at night and when no one is home. This in turn will save electricity and lower your bill.
  2. Clean or replace your furnace filter. Keeping your furnace filter clean lets the furnace operate much more efficiently, saving money and cutting down on emissions. Also, a high-efficiency filter will help maintain better indoor air quality.
  3. Choose low-flow showerheads and plumbing fixtures. Although you often cannot tell the difference in water volume, these will help save on water and sewer usage.
  4. Replace standard light bulbs with CFL bulbs. By using Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs you can save up to 30 percent off your typical electric bill.
  5. Recycle. Recycling often reduces disposed waste to a fraction of what it was before.