When you think about your garage, what comes to mind? Is it a place that gets heavy use, either from storage or by providing a space for you to work in? Regardless of your garage’s purpose, how eco-friendly have you made the space? This is a valid question to ask yourself because, for many people, the garage is more of an afterthought. Given today’s environmental concerns and issues, this is unfortunate and worrisome. If you’re thinking you could do better, keep reading. Here is some food for thought to get you headed in the right direction.
Go Green by Swapping for Eco-Friendly Options
Take a look around your garage. Do you see toxic cleaners, wasteful car care products and incandescent or neon light bulbs? If so, now is a good time to do some greening up — and it can be done in just a few hours.
Making changes to more eco-friendly cleaning products is easy because there are so many green options available. Look out for versatile cleaners, perfect for messy jobs like changing oil, cleaning up spills or removing grime from your hands. Or try making your own, using ingredients you might already have. Instead of disposable cleaning cloths, turning to recycled cleaning rags will cut down on waste. Replacing outdated bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs will help reduce energy costs. And since LED bulbs last longer than their predecessor incandescent or neon bulbs, you can feel good about reducing your carbon footprint.
Beef Up Your Garage’s Insulation
Your home isn’t the only place where insulation matters. It is particularly important if your garage is attached to the rest of your home, or if your garage is a place you enjoy spending your time.
If you’re able to make a big change, start with your garage door(s). Since the garage tends to be less insulated than a house, installing a well-insulated, energy-efficient door will make all the difference. Next, check up on the windows and any other doors in the garage as well. Replacing with newer models is ideal. If you’re not in a position financially to do this, don’t underestimate the power of caulking, weatherstripping, spray foam or layers of thin plastic to conserve energy.
Remember, all improvements will add up and make a big difference. Whether it’s the numbers on your energy bill or the quality of the environment around you, you can’t go wrong.