As home builders in Houston, we see some great energy efficient products come on the market each year. Many of the features we build into each new home help it to be energy efficient and eco friendly. But what if you aren’t building a new home? Can you make your home more energy efficient without renovating or remodeling your home? Is your home as green as it could be?

You don’t have to renovate or remodel your home to have a greener home and reduce your carbon footprint. There are many things you can do this weekend to make your home more eco friendly. You probably do many of these energy saving tips already. If you can add another to the mix you’re well on your way to making your home as green as it could be.

Is Your Home as Green as it Could Be?

Recycle – This goes without saying. You should recycle cans, bottles, paper and cardboard and anything else your city picks up in the recycling bin. Most cities have made it so easy you don’t even have to sort your items anymore – just toss them in the bin and forget them.

Upcycle – Turn a worn out t-shirt into a shopping bag that fits easily into your purse, or turn those empty wine bottles into works of art. There are so many creative ways to use items in a completely new way.  Click here for hundreds of great upcycling ideas.

Water Bottles – Just stop buying water in disposable bottles. Use a water pitcher that filters the tap water or install a filter onto your faucet and then fill a reusable glass or PVC free plastic bottle to carry with you.

Repair Leaks – If you have a leaky faucet or toilet you’re losing money by wasting water. A simple repair can save you hundreds of dollars over the years.

Low Flow Toilets – Speaking of saving water, install low flow toilets and save even more water. If your home is older you could be using up to 7 gallons per flush. Today’s new toilets only use 1.6 gallons of water per flush. That’s a huge savings for a very simple fix.

Energy Star – Be sure to use Energy Star approved appliances whenever you need to upgrade. Water heaters, dishwashers, washer and dryers and even air conditioners are all rated for their energy efficiency to let you know which product will save you the most over time.

Replace Incandescent Lightbulbs – It’s getting harder and harder to find incandescent lightbulbs anymore. Just by swapping out an old lightbulb with a CFL, you can save up to 65% more energy. There’s not reason to wait.