|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.|
Green up your appliances
2. Watch the temp
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.
3. Save water
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.
Let there be energy-efficient light
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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Unit 2 / 11 Egham Road
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