It’s no longer just a trend.
In recent years, a new eco-friendly lifestyle has bloomed in all areas of our daily life. From our daily habits to the products we buy. The millennial generation, in particular, has embraced this movement. There is a considerable shift in thinking.
Companies are taking note of this movement and as a result, are creating new and innovative eco-friendly products. As a consumer, you can find environmentally friendly options in many categories from lifestyle to home improvement.
Here are some green products you can invest in to do your part in reducing your footprint, and save some money along the way.
Heating and cooling your home is one of the most expensive and most energy intense utilities. Per the U.S Department of Energy, the energy needed to run central HVAC can account for nearly half of a home’s utility budget.
You can take control of the expense with a smart thermostat.
Smart thermostats take the place of a standard model and can come equipped with many great features to boot. Smartphone integration, location support to control the temperature while away from home, and user-friendly scheduling features can be found on many models.
Energy Efficient Cars
With transportation causing carbon emissions, there has long been a push to develop energy efficient automobiles.
None more widespread than the eco-friendly car. High gas mileage, hybrid, and full-on electric cars are becoming more and more popular. All major car manufacturers are joining the push, and you can find many makes and models to choose from.
A few factors to consider with energy efficient cars are your average commute (fuel costs), the amount you put down to purchase, fuel economy, and the cost of upkeep.
Incandescent bulbs are fading. Even our light bulbs have gotten smarter.
LED lights have taken market share as the green lighting option and for good reason. They are longer lasting, burn cooler, and consume less energy than incandescent bulbs. They offer a flexible range of brightness, luminance, and colors.
Up front, you will pay more. In the long run, you will save all the costs back and more.
The rise of smart home technology pairs nicely with these bulbs. Many newer bulbs integrate well with smart home controls, saving energy and money. Motion sensing to turn the lights off, dimming options, and control of lights from a smartphone all keep consumption under control.
Energy Efficient Appliances
Remember that HVAC accounts for nearly half of an average utility bill? Another 20 percent is consumed with heating water for laundry and showers. In addition to that, 9 percent goes to appliances.
To combat this, consider a wide range of energy efficient appliances. Eco-friendly washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, and refrigerators with an ENERGY STAR rating can help reduce water and electricity usage.
Of course, there is still merit in cutting back usage altogether. These appliances make smart options you can upgrade your home with in 2019.
Brand new for 2019, a trend you will begin to see is the movement against plastic. It has manifested itself in California in the form of a “ban” on plastic straws.
It is picking up traction nationwide, one-time use plastic straws may soon be a thing of the past. While convenient, the accumulation of plastic waste has grown too large to be ignored. A number hovering around 500 million disposable straws are used daily in America alone.
The response has been a bevy of reusable straws, designed to be an alternative. These straws come in various materials such as glass, stainless steel, and even bamboo. Portable and environmentally conscious, you will see this product more and more in 2019 and beyond.