In an age where going green is crucial, not just for promoting good environmental practices, but also because of the social stigma that comes with not adhering to the newest environmental safety issues. There are many different ways to help change the way that you utilize energy in your home, such as changing out your light bulbs, conserving water use, or recycling.
But there may be a room in your home that you have not taken into consideration when it comes to making your home more green. There are easy ways to make your basement more environmentally friendly that are cost efficient and which will save you money in the long run.
Light up the Basement Naturally
Lighting is one way that you can severely decrease the amount of energy being used in your household. Most people think that this applies strictly to putting in more energy efficient light fixtures, but this is not the case. The basement has a unique situation in that, in most cases, it is harder to get natural light into the room.
But with the addition of window wells for your basement, you can get much more natural sunlight into your basement. Egress window wells are much deeper and wider than regular basement windows, and therefore can save you a lot on your electricity bill.
By adding a natural source of sunlight into your home, these window wells not only add beauty but also extreme functionality to your basement, and can help to cut down the cost of lighting your basement exponentially.
As far as lighting your basement at night, the usual measures should be taken, such as trading out light bulbs for more energy efficiency.
Heating and Cooling
Because of being subterranean, basements can create problems with maintaining a proper temperature throughout the year. It is important, if you want to make sure to save energy, to ensure that there are no potential areas where heat could escape in the winter or cool air in the summer, to seal up any cracks or openings in your basement.
The addition of carpets in your basement will also help to maintain the temperature, keeping it warming in the winter by trapping in heat. Lowering the amount of heat you have to use will help to save you resources, no matter what type of heating or cooling you use.
Going Green Rules of Thumb
There are other general rules of thumb when it comes to going green which apply to your basement as much as the rest of your home. Make sure to unplug any appliances when they are not in use, and if you keep your washer and dryer in your basement, a good way to conserve energy is by washing clothes with strictly cold water, as this requires less electricity from the machine.
No matter what you do, it is important to simply remain conscious of your actions, and to try to consume and use as little as possible. By adding as much natural light as possible, and conserving your resources, you can help to lower your costs of home owning while also decreasing your ecological footprint. It's a win-win.