People are becoming more and more aware of the environmental impact that human activity has on the planet. Even after changing your car and recycling more, the decision to make your home a little more environmentally friendly can make a big difference – not only for your carbon footprint but also for your heating costs. One area you shouldn’t miss is the garage. Here are some ideas on how to green your garage:
Your first thought should be insulation. Depending on the season, garages are often the coldest or warmest room in the house – they capture the heat in summer and the cold in winter. Without effective insulation, this trapped heat is transferred to the rest of the house, which means that air conditioners or fans are required if the house gets too warm.
Conversely, cold air flows into the house in winter, so you spend more on heating. With insulation, you can create an effective means of trapping this air and save a lot of money in the long run. It’s not just the interior walls that you need to think about when you insulate – there are many other areas of the garage that you need to consider. Think about upgrading your garage door, sealing your inner door, repairing outer walls, and sealing garage windows.
Illuminate the way
While the windows let in natural light during the day, your garage needs an effective lighting option at night. Most households now use energy-efficient light bulbs, which is mainly due to the different energy costs. LED lamps are the best choice. This is because they can withstand brighter, more durable, and better colder weather.
Greenify your devices
Many garages are often equipped with refrigerators and freezers to prevent them from finding room in the family home. When it’s time to buy new devices and replace them with more environmentally friendly alternatives, you can save a lot of money and significantly reduce your CO2 emissions.
Due to the rapid rise of technology and the Internet of Things, houses are becoming more and more innovative. With intelligent meters, you can now monitor your heating and electricity, making it easier to control energy consumption. This technology can help you identify the energy-saving devices you need to remove the power plug, and you can keep track of your expenses. Through sustainable changes and the creation of an “eco garage” you can save a lot of money and thus increase the value of your home.