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8 Environmentally Friendly Items For Your Home

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If you’re interested in making your home more eco-friendly, you’re in the right place! 

Improving your home’s energy efficiency and overall eco-friendliness is as easy as making a few switches that have a big impact on your daily energy consumption and sustainability. Here are 8 ways to make your home more environmentally friendly.

Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Ideas

1. Vinyl Windows 

Not only are vinyl windows durable, vinyl has a longer lifespan than other materials and can be recycled when it’s time to replace your windows. In addition, our replacement windows are equipped with energy-saving features like multi-pane glass, low-E coating, and insulation between the panes. All of these features keep your home’s temperatures consistent, allowing your HVAC system to work more efficiently. This means lower energy bills and a lower carbon footprint.

replacement windows in living room

2. A Programmable Thermostat

Heating and cooling are responsible for most of a home’s energy consumption. Optimizing your HVAC system for the times you’re at home is a great way to reduce your energy consumption and save on your electric bills each month. While you can manually set your thermostat before you leave for work, when you get home, and when you go to sleep, a programmable thermostat streamlines this so you don’t even have to think about it. Turning your thermostat back by just 7 degrees while you’re at work can save you around 10% per year on your energy bill. Why not let a programmable thermostat do the work for you while you enjoy the savings?

3. Fiberglass Doors

Like vinyl windows, fiberglass doors last longer than steel or wood. Our fiberglass entry doors are equipped with insulated foam cores and triple weatherstripping to eliminate drafts and keep your home’s temperatures more consistent and comfortable. This allows your HVAC system to work more efficiently, saving you money on your heating and cooling bills month after month.

Window World Entry Door

4. Low Flow Showerheads

Reducing your water consumption with a low-flow showerhead is a great way to make your home more eco-friendly. Where traditional shower heads use around 2.5 gallons of water (GPM) per minute, low flow shower heads use around 1.5 GPM. And the good news is that modern low flow shower heads don’t impact water pressure! Many shower heads infuse air into the water droplets, allowing you to enjoy the water pressure you’re used to while using less water overall. That’s a win-win.

5. Thermal Curtains

There are a lot of ways to help regulate the temperature in your home to allow your HVAC system to work more efficiently, and hanging thermal curtains is one of the easiest. Thermal curtains act as an additional layer of insulation, helping to keep cold air out during the winter and hot air out during the summer. Pair them with our energy-efficient vinyl windows for maximum comfort and savings year round!

bedroom with long thermal curtains

6. A Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater is a great upgrade when your current water heater needs to be replaced. Tankless water heaters use a heating element to heat water as it is needed instead of storing hot water in a tank like conventional heaters. If your home’s water consumption is low, less than 41 gallons per day, you could improve your home’s energy efficiency by 24% – 34%. For homes that use more water, you’ll see an improvement of 8% – 14%.

7. A Compost Bin

If you like to garden, a compost bin is a no-brainer! Reduce food waste and put your scraps to use by putting fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, even coffee grounds into a compost bin. After a few months, you’ll have nutrient-rich compost that you didn’t have to pay for! To make composting easier than ever, look for a tumbling compost bin. Just give it a spin to mix your compost.

countertop compost bin

8. A Rain Barrel

This is another great way to make your home more environmentally friendly while tending to your lawn and garden. Rain barrels collect rainwater, which is ideal for plants, for you to water your outdoor plants with in place of municipal water. Simply connect your hose to the spigot on your barrel and enjoy your healthy lawn and water savings!

Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Ideas

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At Window World of St. Louis, we strive to provide you with quality replacement products that improve your home’s energy efficiency. Explore our window and door options to find the perfect addition for your home and request your free consultation to get started!

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