Unless you are building a new home, incorporating green technology will often mean making significant changes to the infrastructure of your home. This is something which may seem intimidating to some people. It doesn’t have to be. Here are some suggestions that will make it easier for you to do so.
Choose systems requiring the least change
Picking systems and technologies that require the least amount of change or reconfiguration can make it much less painful for you to switch over to green technologies in your home. For example, changing from a traditional hot water tank system to a tankless version will usually not require as much change as it would if you were installing in-floor heating would be. Replacing a floor made with materials that are more friendly to the environment can be less disruptive than bringing in a number of green materials to use in your home’s construction. By minimizing the amount of disruption and change, you can make the transition a much less painful one.
Replace existing technologies as needed
By making changes on an ongoing basis, you can minimize the disruption and impact on your home as much as possible. While it is great to replace everything in your home as quickly as possible, you will find the process to be a much simpler one if you do it on a more gradual and as needed basis. Some green technologies can be quite expensive. If you have to change a furnace, for example, you may find the price of an environmentally friendly alternative much more acceptable if all you replace is the furnace. If you opt to change your windows, insulation and heating system at the same time, the bill might be so large that it would seem like it would never pay for itself. If you only replace an item or two at a time and do not make every change to your home at once, you can end up feeling like you are much less overwhelmed financially.
Replace the least efficient systems first
Replacing the least efficient systems first is a good idea. Unless you need to replace something in your home (such as windows or a heating system) because it is broken, you would be better off identifying the least efficient systems first. Replacements for systems that are the least efficient will allow you to recoup the money you have spent as rapidly as possible.
How to start the process
There are several ways of starting the process of changing to green technology. The first is to have an energy audit performed on your home or office space. A trained expert will go over the various areas in your home and focus on the systems and areas that utilize the most energy. They will be able to tell you which areas to address first. The drawback is that an energy audit may often be expensive and it may not be available in all areas. A second method is to look at which of your household bills are the highest or most unmanageable. If you choose the bills that are the most expensive and find green methods of reducing them you may find that you will welcome the changes instead of being nervous about them.