We all were truly excited at this year’s Oscars when Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar. My first thought was “it is about time!” Then as part of his acceptance speech the actor spoke of the global plight on climate change stating “Climate change is real. It is happening now.” I fell in love with him even more at that moment. Leo took this extremely special moment that was all about him, and used it for good, to help the Earth.
Leo is not alone in this fight. As environmental issues arise around the globe, celebrities are harnessing their power of influence, utilizing their voices, and leading by example. James Cameron, Mark Ruffalo, Jessica Alba, Matt Damon, Alicia Silverstone, Brad Pitt, and Rachel McAdams are just a few celebrities that are advocating green living. As more and more celebrities are encouraging others to reduce their carbon footprint, green is slowly becoming the new black in Hollywood.
Celebrities are taking the lead in environmental issues, and are not just passively supporting the cause, they’re taking action in making their dream homes energy efficient. Leonardo DiCaprio’s NYC apartment is said to be one of the most eco-efficient urban dwellings on Earth. Julia Roberts spent $20 million a few years ago on a green renovation for her family’s home. Journalist Lisa Ling, worked with her architect to build Santa Monica’s first ever energy neutral home. Ed Begley, Jr. and his wife, Rachelle, showed their commitment to living green on their web series Living with Ed. Their home includes a picket fence made of recycled milk jugs even. And don’t forget about Adrian Grenier, who has won awards for his efforts in sustainability. Adrian teamed up with developer Rick Byrd to create an eco-friendly home, with carpets created from recycled water bottles and organic fabrics.
We may not all have the $20 million budget Julia Roberts has to fully make our own home green, but there are small things every homeowner can do. Recently, I came across a home energy assessment app called HomeSelfe (pronounced “Home Selfie”). Homeselfe offers a mobile app and web service for homeowners that helps you take a selfie of your home, to determine where your energy inefficiencies are. It is a full energy assessment.
The process is easy and offers great insight on how to make changes and … it is free! To begin your own home energy audit, the first thing you do is go to Homeselfe.com and sign up or download the app. Homeselfe then provides you with a digital “map” of your home, and a questionnaire guides you through your house, room by room. It takes about 5 minutes to fill-in the questionnaire.
You’re asked questions like “How old are your home appliances or “Is your home well insulated?” These questions focus on the key areas of your home’s energy consumption. As you answer each question, a clear picture of your home’s energy efficiency begins to emerge.
Once finished, you get a free instant report that tells you which parts of your home are energy efficient, and where to consider energy upgrades. These suggestions include projections of how much you can save over time by making the upgrades.
In addition to this report, you’re given helpful information about federal, state, local, and utility company rebates or offers that can help you reduce or offset the cost of your energy improvements. Homeselfe also connects you with qualified local contractors who can give you free estimates for doing the work—a helpful feature for finding reliable, trustworthy pros.
Starting your path to a green lifestyle is that easy! You may not be a celebrity but you can make a difference for our Earth, and save money. I strongly suggest you try out Homeselfe today. Since it is free, it really can’t hurt right? Plus until the end of the month, if you complete a Homeselfe, you can enter to win 1 of 4 $250 gift cards to start making improvements to your home today. Not a bad deal if you ask me. More here at Homeselfe.com