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The 10 best ways to green your home
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Minor changes at home can add up to real benefits for the planet, not to mention your own health and happiness. Here are our 10 best ways for you to green your home.

Understanding Insulation

Reasons to get insulation

1. Green up your appliancesReplace old appliances with energy efficient ones

Getting rid of that old (beer) refrigerator in the garage could save you as much as $150 a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Appliance use comprises about 18% of a typical home’s total energy bill, with the fridge being one of the biggest energy hogs. If any of your appliances is more than 10 years old, the EPA suggests replacing them with energy-efficient models that bear their "Energy Star" logo. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10%-50% less energy and water than standard models. According to the Energy Star site, if just one in 10 homes used energy-efficient appliances, it would be equivalent to planting 1.7 million new acres of trees.

2. Watch the temp

Almost 50% a home's energy consumption is due to heating and cooling.

Turn down the thermostat in cold weather and keep it higher in warm weather. Each degree below 20°C during colder weather saves 3%-5% more heating energy, while keeping your thermostat at 26°C in warmer weather will save you energy and money. A programmable thermostat will make these temperature changes for you automatically.

Clean your furnace's air filter monthly during heavy usage.

Consider a new furnace. Today's furnaces are about 25% more efficient than they were in the 1980s. (And don't forget to check out furnaces carrying the Energy Star label.)

To keep your cool in warmer weather, shade your east and west windows and delay heat-generating activities such as dishwashing until evening.

Use ceiling fans instead of air conditioners. Light clothing in summer is typically comfortable between 22°C and 26°C. But moving air feels cooler, so a slow-moving fan easily can extend the comfort range to 28°C.

3. Save water

There are hundreds of ways to save water, we’ll share just a few here:

Put an aerator on all household faucets and cut your annual water consumption by 50%.

Install a low-flow toilet. They use only 1.6 gallons per flush, compared to 3.5 gallons per flush for pre-1994 models. If you have an older model, adjust your float valve to admit less water into the toilet's tank.

Adjust your water articulation system to weather forecasting & Local Authority warnings of usage.

Of course, you don't need products to save water — behavioral changes also add up quickly: using a broom instead of the garden hose to clean your driveway can save 80 gallons of water and turning the water off when you brush your teeth will save 4.5 gallons each time.

5. Home electronics

When you consider that home electronic products use energy all the time even when they are off, it is no wonder that the average household spends over $100 a year just to power these devices while they are in the 'standby mode'. a television on standby uses up to 75% of the energy it uses when switched fully on.

6.Boost heating efficiency

Save up to 40% on your annual energy bill by sealing leaks, cracks, and gaps in the duct distribution system for your central heating and cooling system. These savings accrue year round and are often greater than the savings from installing a more efficient furnace or central air conditioner. Caulk holes in walls, especially if they penetrate between floors to an unheated basement or attic. Also DON'T forget to insulate ALL water pipes - if it takes more than few brief seconds to receive hot water, you need to insulate!!

Replace Incandescent bulbs with Compact Fluorescent bulbs 7. Let there be energy-efficient light

Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) use 75% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 32-watt CFL can save $30 in energy costs over the roughly 7,500- to 10,000-hour life of the bulb. If every home in Australia replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an Energy Star qualified CFL, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 800,000 cars.

8.Replace worn-out windows

Replacing old single-pane windows that are beyond simple repairs, such as caulking and weather stripping, can save 10-25% on a heating bill.

9. Install a programmable thermostat

Why heat the house when nobody's home? A programmable thermostat can automatically lower and raise your home's air temperature when you're at work or comfortably nestled under a comforter. For every 1C (2F) you lower your thermostat, you save 2% on your heating bill. A reduction of 3C (5F) at night and when you are away during the day provides optimal savings.

10. Energy Star Rated insulation and ventilation

Adding insulation to the block walls in basements, the outside walls of the home and in the roof can really help with your heating and cooling bills. In the roof it is also important to have the proper ventilation. So you add insulation in the roof for warmth, but why would you allow cold air to enter the roof to keep your home more efficient? In the winter with the proper flow of air in the roof, which helps keep the roof cold, it helps to reduce the potential for ice damming.

In the summer, natural air flow in a well-vented attic along with the proper vents and or ventilation fans or ventilators help move super-heated air out of the attic, protecting the roofing and getting the moisture out. You can even buy Solar Powered Ventilation Fans that make use of the natural power of sunlight to help cool the attic. The well insulated attic then helps keep the heat from getting into the house.

Call TRI-CO Energy Group today for more great ways to make your comfortable home an Energy Efficient Greener Home, for life.

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