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Many concerned citizens hope to live with better environmental awareness these days. You might be one of these folks and are wondering how to go about it. If you want to cut down on your bills and do what you can to minimize your carbon footprint, read on for how to start going green at home.

The first thing that you should do takes only a little time and that is doing a walkthrough of your home and around your property. What you want to do in this is look for any changes that you can make or at the very least spot things that do not seem to be good for your power bill or the environment. Think about old appliances, leaky windows and pipes, gaps in insulation, ancient light bulbs or anything else that strikes you as having room for improvement.

Before you start making changes to the spots you see that could use help, do your homework about what kinds of alterations you can make. Replacing old appliances and leaky plumbing might cost lots of money. Are their gadgets or easy fixes you could apply? Before swapping out older light bulbs for newer energy efficient ones, see what the best kind is. Check things out online and also talk to the clerks at your hardware store.

Once you have identified parts of your home that could use a green change and have some idea what your options are, begin making decisions about what specific changes are possible. The possibilities are largely limited to how much time and money you can personally afford to put into them. However, you might also be constrained on certain changes if you rent or if your property is restricted by a deed, covenant or neighborhood association regulations. Always be mindful of local building codes too.

Once you know your desired changes that you can afford and do, determine whether or not you can tackle them yourself. If not, consider professional labor, or find a friend, family member or neighbor who can help you out. Coordinate schedules and then knock the projects out.

If you can look up what your power bills were before the project, do so. Then compare them to the power bills after. You should notice a good change in how much you are paying. Be a little patient though. The most extreme changes will likely take place during summer and winter when air conditioning and heating run the most. Comparing the twelve months of bills after the change to the year prior should prove the most accurate portrayal of your realized savings.

Now that you have read these going green tips, you can apply these ideas to the coming days to make your home a more environmentally friendly place. When you cut down on the energy consumption that takes place where you live, you should expect some fairly dramatic savings in terms of your power and utility bills. You will even find immense satisfaction in knowing that you are among the greener residents of your neighborhood.


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