Basic green technology to improve the environment and your budget.

When people think of going green in the home, their minds often jump directly to costly and involved remodels. But green technology doesn’t only mean solar panels anad passive heaters. In fact, a few small changes people can make at low cost – ranging from light bulbs to weather stripping – can make going green easy. These types of green technology are good for your home, the environment and your budget.

  1. Compact Fluorescent (CFL) Lighting and Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lighting – The advent of green technology for lighting in the home dramatically cuts the amount of energy used while expanding the lifespan of bulbs. The most popular green technology for lighting is the Compact Fluorescent light. A variation on the standard fluorescent lighting used in commercial buildings, these bulbs use 75 percent less energy and may last up to 10 times longer than a conventional bulb. Going green with the newer LED lighting is even more efficient, with bulbs lasting 25 times longer and working 500 times more efficiently.
  2. Low-Flow Showerheads and Faucet Aerators – While energy savings are at the top of the list for anyone going green, conserving water is equally if not more important. Through green technology like low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators, you can quickly save 50 percent on water use throughout the home. Costing only $5-50 each, this is an easy way at going green while saving on your water bill. Also, energy costs for heating water for showers also gets cut in half for additional savings.
  3. Door Seals and Weather Stripping – Cracks around doors and windows in the home can lead to big energy losses. In fact, a 1/8-inch gap beneath a door is the equivalent of a two-inch hole in the wall. Sealing doors with weather stripping or sweeps is an easy green technology that nearly anyone can install. Treating windows is even easier, with stick-on stripping saving nearly 15 percent of heating energy. Other spots to apply this green technology include basements, utility rooms and attics.
  4. Power strips for electrical devices – Sure, you may have turned off the television or computer. But going green means looking at energy consumption closer. Those appliances continue to slowly drain energy even while turned off. The easiest green technology to get around that is the multi-plug power strip. Turning off a power strip will stops the slow drain of electricity cold, insuring that your house is truly going green.
  5. Programmable thermostat – Everyone wants to come home to cool or warm home, depending on the season. But anyone going green realizes it doesn’t have to stay 72 degrees all the time. With the simple green technology of a programmable thermostat, anyone with forced air heating and cooling can let the house warm and cool as they need it. And for only $30-75, that’s a green technology any homeowner can afford.

If you take a look at this list of simple green technology, it becomes clear how easy going green can be. Nothing flashy or exciting, other than the huge savings on your utility bills each month and the sense that you are doing the right thing for the environment.