7 Easy Ways To Lower Your Carbon Footprint
Are you taking advantage of the latest technology for your home? Have you done all you can to improve energy efficiency inside your home?
Here are 8 easy ways to help you reduce your home’s carbon footprint.
Start with an energy audit
Have you heard the adage: You don’t know what you don’t know? The best way to determine how efficient your home currently is, is to have an energy audit performed to benchmark the performance levels. A home energy audit will determine where your efficiencies are today and what energy saving techniques you can implement to make your home even greener.
Change out your furnace filters
Your heating and cooling systems run almost non-stop twelve months of the year. High efficiency furnace filters capture particles – dust, pollen, pet dander and more – and help keep the air free of potentially harmful particles that can make your family sick. They also ensure your furnace runs as efficiently as possible.
Install a ceiling fan
Ceiling fans don’t cool the air; instead, they move the air to help you feel cooler. Studies show that you can raise the temperature of your air conditioner several degrees by installing ceiling fans in the rooms you use most. You can also change the rotation of your ceiling fan in the winter to distribute heated air and push it back down towards the ground.
Seal leaks and cracks
Your home is a moving, changing environment. Doors and windows are the most likely spots for energy leakage. By checking the seals and adding caulk or weatherstripping every year, you can help prevent valuable energy loss from occurring. An easy test is to light a stick of incense and wave it by your windows and doors. If you see the smoke being sucked out of your home, it’s a sign you’re in need of repair.
Install a tankless water heater
Your traditional tank water heater is one of the biggest energy wasters in your home. They continually use energy to heat the water and store it for future use. With a tankless water heater, you heat only the water as you demand it.
Upgrade your attic
What’s inside your attic? Is it properly insulated? Do you have an attic fan installed? Heat rises. And if you have a dark colored roof, it absorbs sunlight on bright summer days, heating your attic to make it a lot warmer than the rest of your home. If it doesn’t have proper insulation, or have an attic fan installed to help keep it proper temperature, it could be affecting your utility bills.
Replace old appliances
When was the last time you replaced your washer or dryer? Or how about your refrigerator? We often buy appliances and hope they have a long useful life. But eventually, your appliances start costing you more to operate them than if you replace them with something new. Energy Star rated products reduce energy usage and keep harmful greenhouse gasses out of the environment. Combine that with the money you’ll save by operating them month after month, and you’re well on your way to creating a greener home.