Since appliances can add up to 15 to 20 percent of overall energy usage and operational costs to your home, it is a good idea to purchase all energy-efficient appliances for your new home. Whether it's a small appliance like a mixer or microwave or large appliances like refrigerators and washer and dryers, be sure all your appliances are energy-efficient.
You can learn to live "green" by adopting new habits and ideas that not only reduce the impact our lifestyles have on our planet, but create a healthier home environment. Here are some easy tips for living green in your new home:
Use ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans are far more energy efficient, economical, and quieter than air conditioning units and they can cool almost any home if placed properly. It's a good idea to put one above each bed for comfortable sleeping.
Since about half of your electric bill comes from major appliances, electronics and home office equipment and another 20% is attributed to lighting and the remainder in the heating and cooling of your home it is essential that you choose green appliances to effectively control energy consumption. Speak with your designer and builder to make sure that spaces like your kitchen, office, bathroom and great room are designed to maximize energy-efficiency and that products are selected according to your home's needs.