4 Ways to Make Your Garage More Environmentally Friendly
How many things have you done to make your home and garage more environmentally friendly? Probably more than you think to your home. That’s because the added bonus of changes to make your home ‘greener’ is that you also save money in energy costs and fewer maintenance and repair costs for your heating and air conditioning equipment.
But most homeowners don’t take similar steps to make their garages more environmentally firendly and energy efficient. In a way, that’s odd because garages can be among the biggest sources of energy waste in the home. While they can be as cold as it is outside in the winter, and as hot as it is outside in the summer, the idea that garages are ‘inside’ means many of us don’t take the same steps to make them more energy efficient as we do elsewhere in the house.
But making your garage more environmentally friendly helps make your entire house more energy efficient too. Here are just a few things you can do to have a more environmentally friendly garage.
1. Use CFL & LED Lighting
By switching the lights in your garage to CFLs and LEDs, not only will you reduce your electricity use and costs, your garage will probably be better lit than it was using incandescent and neon lighting.
2. Add Insulation
Especially for garage walls and ceilings that are shared with the home, insulating them will reduce your energy costs and make your home more comfortable too.
3. Get an Insulated Garage Door
Even if the rest of your garage is well insulated, an uninsulated door wastes a lot of energy and lets more heat and cold get into your house.
4. Maintain Your Garage Door Opener
Your garage door opener might work really well, but that doesn’t mean its working efficiently. If there is anything interfering with the easy opening and closing of the door, like sticking rollers or being out of balance, your door opener can be using extra energy every time it operates.
Regularly check that your door opens and closes easily by disconnecting the opener and operating the door manually.
If you want more tips to save money by making your garage more environmentally friendly, give us at 905-665-8668.