Garage Door with wood-look paint
Tired of vampire, or standby power, appearing on your energy bill? Install a solar-powered garage door opener.

5. Choose a Green Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers use standby power whenever they’re plugged in, so even if you’re not using the device, it could draw 7 watts per hour.

If you want to cancel this so-called vampire power from your energy bill, consider a solar-powered garage door opener instead.

And if you’re building a home, consider using recycled or sustainable materials for the garage door’s construction.

Recycled TV
Before buying a new television, consider scanning the classifieds and eBay for a used one in good condition.

6. Buy Recycled Items

You can buy recycled items that range from toilet tissue to paper towels. Just look for ‘recycled’ on the product label.

Recycling doesn’t have to stop there. You can purchase recycled technology like TVs, mobile phones and gaming consoles. Just search newspaper and online classifieds, or websites like eBay for items in good condition.

Cleaning rags
Rags are reusable and reduce strain on the environment compared to their disposable counterparts.

7. Use Rags

Want to help save the environment? Cut up old T-shirts to make reusable cleaning rags, or buy rags by the bulk.

You can clean rags by the batch once they get soiled and dirty, rather than just throw them away like their paper counterparts.

Sustainability experts
Sustainability experts can assess your home and determine how to make it eco-friendly. (DepositPhotos)

8. Seek Help from Sustainability Consultants

If you’re unsure of which changes to implement to make your home greener, hire sustainability consultants.

Sustainability consultants assess your home for carbon, energy, water, waste, hazardous materials and environmental impacts.

They can provide plans on how to reduce your use of vital resources including energy, water and oil.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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