DIY Fixes for a Greener Home

Here are 4 things you can do to make your everyday DIY efforts greener. As DIYers, we love to build, tinker and fix things. Here are five things you can do to make your everyday DIY efforts greener. They can save you money, make your home more energy-efficient and/or make your home healthier and more […]

Here are 4 things you can do to make your everyday DIY efforts greener.

As DIYers, we love to build, tinker and fix things. Here are five things you can do to make your everyday DIY efforts greener. They can save you money, make your home more energy-efficient and/or make your home healthier and more comfortable.

1. Choose low- or zero-VOC paint

Improve the air quality of your home with low- and zero-VOC paints.

That “new paint smell” of traditional paints is really VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These chemicals off-gas (vaporize) into the air and can cause short- and long-term adverse health effects. The good news is that most major paint manufacturers offer low- and zero-VOC finishing options now, and the quality has improved tremendously over the past few years.

2. Kill energy vampires Using power strips to cut energy consumption

Turn off electronics when they’re not in use.

According to the Department of Energy, 75 percent of the electrical use by home electronics occurs when they’re turned off. These “energy vampires” suck electricity all day long—costing you an extra $100 each year. Unplug your electronics or plug them into a power strip, then turn off the strip. There are also “smart strips,” which can shut off power to electronic devices that aren’t being used.

3. Install smarter switches- Using motion sensors to save energy

Motion sensors turn lights on and off, which saves money and energy.

Motion sensors (occupancy sensors) automatically turn lights on and off so you only get (and pay for!) light when you need it. Using motion sensors in the garage, outside and around the house can save you up to R1000 annually in electricity costs. They’re convenient in areas like the laundry room when reaching for a light switch is difficult with your hands full.

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