Ways to Go Green With Your Key West Home

November 24th, 2015

The good news about going green with your home is that energy-efficient also means money-efficient. By making just a few small changes in your home, you can drastically limit your carbon footprint and your energy bills. Read on for the top ways to go green with your home in Key West.

Limit Your Air-Conditioning Use
This one might sound easier said than done in the sub-tropics, but it’s actually quite simple to limit your air-conditioning use in Key West. In the cooler winter months, open those French doors wide open to your back patio and switch off the a/c. Install ceiling fans to circulate the air in an energy efficient manner. During warmer months, whenever you leave your home, turn the a/c temperature up until you return home. The same goes, of course, for lights in your home.

Preferred Properties Key West Ways To Go Green

Choose Paint Low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
If you’re renovating your Key West home, be sure to do the research and use paint that is low in toxic VOCs.

Take a European Approach to Laundry
Key West is all about a simplified approach to life, so hopefully that already means less laundry. Ditch the energy-draining dryer altogether and instead dry your clothes on dryer racks or even on clotheslines outside.

Energy Star Standards
Let Energy Star standards be your guide to purchasing refrigerators and dishwashers. This gold seal of consumer confidence means the large appliance is energy efficient.

Give Composting a Go
If you’ve got a beautiful front yard blossoming with bougainvillea and palm trees, reuse your waste with a compost bin. The nutrient-rich soil that you produce will be magic to your tropical flora. Your yard will be the envy of the block—naturally!

Composting

Install a Water Aerator
Water aerators add air to the water flow of your sinks, allowing for more efficient water consumption.

Air Purifying House Plants
You can purify the air in your home naturally with a whole host of houseplants that thrive in Key West’s hot and sunny climate. Top choices include aloe vera, spider plants, dracaena, ficus trees, bamboo and peace lilies.

Use Natural Household Cleansers
This is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your home toxin free. Natural household cleansers, like Mrs. Meyers and Green Works, are easier than ever to find at pharmacies and grocery stores. It’s also possible to create your own natural cleansers with common household items, like baking soda, white vinegar and lemon.

Green Household Cleaners

Unplug Household Appliances
This is a time-honored method to reduce your energy consumption. Unplug small appliances like microwaves, blenders and toasters when you’re not using them.

Consider Solar Panels
If you really want to take “going green” to the next level, consider installing solar panels for the most energy efficient home possible. While it’s an investment upfront, it’s one that will pay off exponentially over time with dramatically lower energy bills.