These Eco-Friendly Home Repairs Will Also Save You Money

Converting a house into an environmentally friendly structure does not necessarily require installing an elaborate solar array on the roof or adding space-age construction materials — though expensive projects have a bigger impact on the environment and can bring significant savings on energy costs over time.

Leaky faucets

Save water by fixing all leaky faucets — a leaking faucet wastes about three liters of water a day.

Install energy-efficient light bulbs

LED bulbs draw less electricity and last longer than comparable bulbs, up to 20 years in some cases.

Put a compost bin in the garden for food scraps and lawn debris

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, up to 30 percent of trash that goes to landfills is kitchen and yard waste.

Recycle paper, metal and glass

If the city or town where you live does not have a program set up, there are usually other options to drop off recyclables.

Install a smart meter

These thermostats can be programmed so that they only turn on at certain times of the day — for example, beginning to heat up just before you get home, and shutting off an hour or so before you leave the house.

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