April 11, 2023
If you want to improve the sustainability levels of your home, it’s helpful to know where to start. We want to help, so we’ve put together a guide on how to make your California home more sustainable!
The foremost way to make your California home more sustainable is to install solar panels! California weather is such that you will be experiencing sunshine and warmth most of the year. Even during winter, the weather remains mild, and it’s unlikely sunlight will be blocked much. This makes it easy for you to take full advantage of the solar panels you set up. At the same time, this also means that you will be producing a ton of power. You’ll have more than enough to power your home, and you might even be able to start selling power to your city or state. If you’ve just managed to purchase the home of your dreams, this can be a huge break for your expenses.
California weather might be extremely sunny, but you’ll still need your lights to work well. Unfortunately, installing strong lights to ensure you can see properly during the evening and night means they’ll be too bright during the day. This is wasteful even if you can afford it due to your solar panels. As such, installing smart lights is a simple way to make your California home more sustainable. They can automatically adjust their brightness to account for the time of day and light levels. So, you’ll never be wasting even a bit of your power! And quality lights for the outside of your home so you can enjoy your evening better are a great way to refresh your California home this spring, too.
Another way to make your home more sustainable is to start a garden. By this, we do actually mean you can choose whether to set up a flower or vegetable garden, too! A vegetable garden will help you save a ton of money, and since you’re growing the produce, you’ll know it’s safe and healthy to eat. A flower garden, however, does its humble share by improving the air quality around your home. And it’s also a great way to brighten up your home a little and make it nicer!
In order to take full advantage of your solar panel and the sustainability options they open up, another useful smart home feature is a smart thermostat. This little device allows you to pre-program as well as actively control the AC settings of your home. This means you can just turn it off whenever you are not home, and it will either turn on automatically shortly before you are due to return, or you can use a paired home app to turn it on yourself! You don’t waste power and are still comfy when you return home. Of course, if you’re not sure you can properly set it up yourself, hire a professional to do it. The same would be if you were, say, making a long distance move in California. You would probably look for movers and find the right moving experts to do everything properly and safely. It’s better than letting things malfunction, after all.
The final way to make your California home more sustainable is to improve its insulation as well as eliminate drafts. You see, insulation is extremely important for your home’s power efficiency. If it’s faulty or entirely absent, your AC uses up much more power to adjust the temperature of your home. At the same time, drafts have the same effect on your home. Both can be serious issues in older homes, especially if you’ve inherited the property and don’t know its condition. The drafts can be fixed by filling in any gaps in your window and door frames with caulking. But the insulation will likely require professional assistance to install properly.
With our advice on how to make your California home more sustainable, you’ll take a step in the right direction! Of course, any projects or plans you come up with yourself can also assist you. For example, you can start composting to boost the effects of your gardening and for added sustainability. So, work hard on your sustainability goals!
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