13 Ways to Make Your Garage Greener

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There are plenty of ways to make your home more eco-friendly. Unfortunately, most people forget about the garage. Did you know that your garage uses a lot of energy?

Making your garage greener is one of the easiest ways to lower your energy costs, reduce your carbon footprint, and ensure safety in your home. With the simple tips below, you can make a few sustainable changes to make your garage eco-friendly.

1. Add Aluminum Capping to Your Door Frame

Add aluminum capping to your garage door frame for a more eco-friendly door system. Aluminum capping proves especially helpful for sealing, insulating, and protecting wooden components in your garage’s door frame by covering it with aluminum sheeting. This upgrade provides weather-proofing and keeps cold air, water, and heat out of your garage to decrease the need for heating and cooling systems to achieve reduced energy usage and lessens the need for costly repairs.

2. Upgrade Your Interior Access Door

The insulation and condition of your interior access door or the door in your garage that leads to inside your home can impact your property’s energy usage and efficiency. Ensuring proper insulation and sealing allows you to control your home’s temperature and reduces drafts and humidity from the garage.

Upgrading the interior access door with the proper insulation means your heating and cooling systems require less energy. This, in turn, can help you save electricity, money, and resources. Evaluate the tightness of the seal around your door frame and replace or repair any weatherstripping and barriers that may have wear or gaps. For a temporary fix, you can attach a draft guard to the bottom of the door to prevent air from coming through.

3. Repair and Maintain Your Garage Floor

Your garage floor’s material, installation, and condition can impact your garage’s energy efficiency. Garages with concrete flooring often experience cracks and damage that can cause drafts and inefficient insulation. Repairing your floor by fixing cracks as necessary can improve energy efficiency for heating and cooling systems in your home and garage.

In addition, sealing your floor with a protective coating offers even more significant environmental benefits. A polyaspartic coating for the garage floor provides long-term protection from cracks and can close gaps around your garage’s perimeter. The makeup of these floor coatings often includes environmentally friendly chemical components and causes no environmental harm when applied.

4. Evaluate Your Garage Windows

Replace old windows with newer equipment that provides a better seal and insulation or repair any lost weather-stripping and caulk sealant around your current windows. Switching to storm windows for your garage can also prevent drafts and water from entering it.

Upgrading and repairing the windows and window frames in your garage ensures your garage is eco-friendly and has the durability to withstand winds, rain, and heat. The additional protection may also lead to fewer repairs, which saves you money, power, and resources.

5. Use Recycled Building Materials

When building or repairing your eco-friendly garage, you can look for companies that offer sustainable materials made from recycled components. You can use recycled parts for roofing shingles, garage doors, flooring, insulation, etc. Opting for recycled materials keeps excess waste from landfills and saves the energy and resources of manufacturing new garage components.

Recycling components from your home or garage when possible allows for using and producing more sustainable products.

6. Monitor Your Garage Energy Usage

The energy usage throughout your home and garage may fluctuate significantly when the seasons change. However, monitoring your usage and power bills can help you find inefficient systems in your garage. When your usage and costs increase, you can inspect and evaluate the insulation, appliances, lighting, and more. This can help you identify potential leaks, drafts, and inefficiencies.

You can also keep an eye on your thermostat and watch for decreases in the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Noticing less effective temperature regulation throughout your home may indicate an issue with the insulation. A home repair expert can also inspect your home to evaluate the overall energy efficiency and advise on how to save energy in the garage.

7. Check Your Appliances

If you keep additional appliances such as a refrigerator, freezer, or laundry system in your garage, checking the condition of these appliances can ensure more efficient energy usage for a greener garage. Begin by looking for leaks and clogs that may cause your appliances to require additional energy from the power source. You can also check for plugged-in items or devices, such as power tools or fans, that don’t serve a purpose or aren’t in use, and disconnect them to avoid wasting power.

For the best energy efficiency, consider upgrading the necessary appliances in your home and garage to include Energy Star-certified products. 

8. Consider Garage Solar Panel Systems

Solar power is an excellent way to lessen environmental impact. Solar panels produce no carbon emissions and utilize renewable energy, so they don’t produce pollution while operating. Many environmentally-conscious individuals would like to install solar panels, but not all people have enough extra land or the right roof, making installation difficult.

The roof of your garage offers a great place to install solar panel systems for your home without using additional land. Consider using your garage roof to generate a renewable power source that makes your home more environmentally friendly.

While solar panel installation may require a higher up-front cost, the savings on your utility bills and the positive environmental impact can make them well worth the investment. You can even use solar power to provide the energy required for garage door openers. You can benefit from the savings and environmental advantages of an eco-friendly garage door for your home.

9. Change Light Bulbs and Fixtures

If your garage has incandescent lights, they may be consuming more power than you think. Incandescent bulbs waste up to 90% of their energy consumption on heat rather than light. Replace traditional bulbs with LED lights to help reduce energy waste.

10. Insulate Around Light Switches and Outlets

Even a small change can significantly impact your carbon footprint and electricity bill. In addition to insulating your garage walls and door, inspect your garage’s electrical outlets and light switches to see if there are any small gaps or openings around them. If so, close up those gaps with insulated material or sealant to limit the transfer of cold and warm outside air.

11. Use Motion Detectors

A motion detector typically powers on the lights when it detects movement in your garage and shuts them off when there’s none. A motion sensor or detector will help boost your home’s security and energy efficiency while moving you a step closer to a green garage.

12. Invest in an Energy-Efficient Garage Door

If you have an attached garage, a significant amount of hot and cold air likely escapes through the garage. Frequent opening and closing and a lack of insulation can make for an uncomfortably warm or extremely cold garage in the summer and winter. Any room adjacent to your garage will experience energy loss.

However, a well-insulated garage door significantly prevents hot or cool air loss. In addition to utilizing proper insulation, you should seal cracks and install weather stripping to prevent heat loss and save energy.

At Raynor Garage Doors, we offer an extensive range of premium residential garage doorscommercial garage doors, and industrial garage door products and operators. We can help you select, install, and maintain the perfect garage doors for your home. Contact a Raynor Authorized Dealer near you for more information. 

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