Going green isn’t just reserved for your recycling bin! You can turn your garage into one of the greenest parts of your home with minimal work and effort.
Reduce your carbon footprint and save the planet with these seven ways to help your garage go green!
- Solar heating
By adding a solar heating unit to your garage, you’re one step closer to having a green garage. Solar heating units are more energy efficient than gas or electric heaters and are a great way to keep your garage warm in the winter months.
- Use caulking to insulate
If you haven’t upgraded your garage floor, it’s likely made out of concrete. Concrete allows for heat and air to escape, and it’s also prone to cracks.
The caulking between your floor and walls is a great way to insulate your garage and trap heat in to keep your garage warm in the winter. You’ll use less heat and therefore, less power. This will also help save money on your heating bills!
- Recycled door
You can buy garage doors that are made from recycled materials. Composite wood or steel are good options for recycled garage doors.
While this is a great option to go green and be economically mindful, it’s important to never risk safety in order to save a few dollars. If you’re going to buy a recycled door, ensure it’s still sturdy enough to keep out intruders.
Garage doors made of material that is one day recyclable are also a good choice.
In most homes, the door that leads from the garage to the inside of your home isn’t properly weather-stripped. This allows heat and air to escape from your home.
Unless you’re sleeping in your garage you likely don’t need that much heat, so weather-stripped doors will keep enough excess air out.
- Let there be light
Install energy efficient bulbs in your garage. You can even replace the usual solitary ceiling-hanging bulb with tube lighting.
Tube lighting is more efficient because it has a 50,000-hour lifespan that uses less energy.
- Go au naturel
Install a window in your garage door to let in natural light. When you enter and exit your garage during the day, you won’t have to turn on the overhead lights and waste electricity.
- Don’t be idle
Avoid idling your car while you’re in the garage. You don’t have to start your car until you get in it and are ready to drive away. Idling creates extra fumes that can leak into your home and change the quality of the air.
Saving the planet isn’t an easy job, but with a few green tweaks to your garage, you’ll be doing your part one weather-stripped door at a time!