When making your home “green” many people forget about their garage, but garages are one of the most important places to tackle when looking to reduce your home’s carbon footprint. You may not know but your garage uses a lot of energy, with these simple tips you’ll be able to lower your home’s energy usage and even your monthly utility bills.
Change Light Bulbs & Fixtures
Many times garages are filled with incandescent lights. These lights consume more energy than you may think. Replace traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights to help reduce your energy usage. If you use your garage as a workshop and need extra lighting consider utilizing task lighting to reduce energy cost while only using the light you need.
Insulate your Doors
Many garage doors do not utilize proper insulation. Garage door insulation becomes important for conserving energy and preventing outdoor air from leaking into garage doors that are attached to homes. Other ways to help insulate your garage doors include sealing cracks and installing weather stripping to prevent hot and cool air from getting in or out of your garage. You can also caulk around any doors that lead from the garage to your home or yard to help prevent leaks.
Install a Ventilation Fan
By installing a ventilation fan in your garage you can help prevent stale garage interiors, circulate air, and disperse dangerous fumes in your garage. Ventilation fans can help your carbon footprint and keep your family safe from dangerous fumes caused by exhausts, cleaners, and other chemicals often stored in the garage.
Prevent heating & Cooling loss
Heating & cooling loss through your garage can have a big impact on your home’s utility bills, forcing you to spend more money & energy. Keep your automatic garage doors in good working condition to help reduce the time that your doors remain open which prevents heat or cool air from escaping.
By taking these few simple steps, you can make your garage more eco-friendly and reduce your home’s carbon footprint all while saving energy and money.