5 ways to make your home greener

A few quick changes can make a world of difference in making your house “green.” Local home inspector Ezra Malernee and Sears Hardware employee Chris Falvo give some tips.

A few quick changes can make a world of difference in making your house “green.” Local home inspector Ezra Malernee and Sears Hardware employee Chris Falvo give some tips.

Insulation

Malernee says “insulation above” is key. “Most of the houses I see are under-insulated. They leak air like a sieve,” he says. “Hot air rises,” and that’s why insulation under roofs pays off.

Windows

Installing clear plastic sheeting on your existing windows can cut heat loss by 25 percent to 50 percent. Falvo says plastic
sheeting is a top seller at Sears Hardware.

Appliances

According to Falvo, appliance sales still are driven by replacing broken units, not by energy efficiency. The energy ratings of new appliances are posted on labels. Some units save more than 30 percent more energy than the federal law requires.

Light bulbs

“We don’t see anybody coming in buying the new, lower-power fluorescents for their entire house. But they do buy them to replace individual bulbs,” Falvo said. Incandescent bulbs use four times more energy than necessary to produce light for your home.

Caulking

We know, it’s not very exciting. But proper caulking can cut your overall energy consumption considerably — which helps preserve resources for the future.