Leading a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle at home will help both your wallet and the environment. Here are a few areas to consider.

Switch to Solar Energy

Are you familiar with Solar ITC New Jersey? The Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), enacted in 2006, provides a 30 percent tax credit on solar systems installed in residential and commercial properties. Construction must begin before the end of 2019 for the full credit. After 2019, the tax credit tapers off.

The solar energy that you contribute to the grid will be credited against your utility bill. Contact your energy provider for specific information.

Inspect Insulation and Weatherstripping

Improving the insulation in your home will help keep warm air inside in winter and keep the hot air outside in the summer. If you have an older home, your insulation may need upgrading to current building codes.

You should also look around your windows and doors for air leaks. Your utility company can provide you with references to reputable companies to do an energy audit. Any leaks should be sealed with weatherstripping.

Participate in Recycling and Composting

Reducing your trash that goes to the landfill helps the environment. However, it is important that you follow your local government’s guidelines on recycling and composting collection. Just because an item may be marked as recyclable on the packaging, it does not mean that your local jurisdiction can accept it. It is important to follow the guidelines. Sometimes one wrong item or a food-soiled material in a recycling bin will result in the entire load going to the landfill trash pile instead.

Use Green Cleaning Products

You can save money as well as the environment when you use everyday household items such as vinegar for cleaning tasks instead of commercial chemicals. Search online for cleaning recipes. Adding essential oil to the vinegar will give you the pleasant scent that you are used to from commercial products.

Solar energy, insulation, recycling, and green cleaning products are all steps you can take at home to protect the environment and your cash flow.