Today, April 22, is Earth Day. People across the country are taking small, eco-friendly steps to save energy at home and help the planet. But being green isn’t just a fad or a one-time thing—it’s a way of life! Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, here are a few simple steps you can take to due your part to help protect the environment.
Properly Insulate Your Home
Seal and insulate your home’s outer walls, ceilings, windows, doors and floors. Heating and air conditioning can escape through improperly sealed homes; by taking the additional measures, homeowners can not only improve the environment, they can also save money on their utility bills!
Maintain Your Home’s HVAC System
Cleaning your heating and cooling system’s filter regularly, along with following through with scheduled maintenance can help ensure your equipment is operating as it should. This can greatly reduce emissions and, once again, save the homeowner greatly when it comes to paying the monthly bills.
Utilize Programmable Timers
Technological advancements in programmable timers have made it possible to set your thermostat for optimum levels even when you’re not home. No longer do homeowners need to heat or cool their houses when no one is home. A small investment in these easy to install gadgets will quickly pay for themselves—all while keeping Mother Nature very happy.
Choose Energy Star Certified Appliances & Materials
When choosing new appliances, opt for Energy Star appliances and equipment that conserve energy and save money. Also, as the weather gets warmer, consider only cooling the areas of your home that you use regularly. Alternately, use natural ventilation via open windows and doors for cooling.
Consider installing a “cool roof” or Energy Star qualified roof to reduce the amount of heat transferred into your home and the demand for electric power.
Reduce your monthly water heating bills by selecting an efficient water heater for your home. Tankless water heaters are quickly becoming the popular choice, providing hot water on demand while providing tremendous savings on not only the operating expense, but by eliminating the large, cumbersome tanks used in traditional hot water systems.
Take advantage of natural lighting and skylights during the day instead of lamps and overhead lighting.
Whether you’re looking to purchase a new house, sell your home or just care about “going green“, following the easy steps listed above will help in protecting our environment. For additional energy-efficient tips for your home, visit www.energystar.gov.