Global warming and the damages we are making on our environment have been a major concern the last few decades. These concerns have resulted in the creation of energy efficient appliances and products to help save energy costs and our environment. Along with the costs that can be saved when making a home energy efficient, people can now take advantage of tax incentives. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, federal tax incentives are now available. Updating a home with window insulation and heating/air-conditioning upgrades can all be classified as tax incentives. Here are some ways to make your home more green:
- Watch the house temperature - Replace the water heater tank with a tankless one - Check house insulation - Energy-efficient appliances - Energy-efficient windows - Low-flow plumbing fixtures - Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs - Unplug unused electric appliances (Electronics can consume almost as much energy when in standby mode) - Use 100% post-consumer recycled paper for toilet paper, paper towels, etc. - Install bamboo floors rather than hardwood. - Use zero or low-VOC paint - Use compost rather than synthetic fertilizers for your garden
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