The environmental footprint of your garage can be reduced quickly by performing a few simple changes that also benefit your bank account. Incentives for operating an eco-friendly garage revolves around reducing utility bills and choosing materials sourced from sustainable methods. The following five tips will help you make your garage more eco-friendly and cost-effective in the long run.
1. Motion Sensor Lights
There’s no reason to have your garage lights shining through the night when you can set up an automated system that controls illumination according to your needs. Sensors can turn lights on and off when detecting the presence of others, helping to save costs on electricity. Also, you can program the lights to turn on and off at preset times, if you and your family are away from the home for a long period of time.
2. Solid Insulation
Insulating your garage correctly goes a long way when reducing the amount of electricity you use or the natural gas you consume when heating and cooling your home. If your garage is attached to your house, poor insulation will prevent leakage of climate controlled air, forcing your HVAC system to work harder to adjust. An insulated garage door, solid weather stripping, and insulated garage walls keep the cold and warm air out, also making the space more comfortable.
3. Eco-Friendly Materials
The materials that you use for your garage will help to determine the eco-friendliness of the structure. For example, if you’re looking for a wood garage door, you can select a manufacturer that uses reclaimed wood, recycled material, or choose wood that isn’t derived from old forests. Recycled or recyclable components will reduce the amount of raw material consumption.
4. Solar Power Source
If you live in a sunny climate, you can power your garage and the rest of your home by setting up panels that charge batteries that run your home. The garage door, lights, tools and other electrical appliances that you use in the garage may be run through renewable energy, eliminating a portion of your environmental footprint while sharply reducing your electricity bill.
5. Green Cleaning and Disposal
Typically, the things that you store in your garage tend to be items that you don’t want to come into contact with on a daily basis. This includes buckets of old paint, solvents, oils and other types of undesirable material that could make you and your family sick. Instead of flushing these materials down the toilet or throwing them into trash bags, take the time to dispose of them properly. When cleaning your garage, instead of using harsh chemical cleaners, invest in efficient power washers and utilize cleaning materials that are made from natural, disposable components.