Granted, your lawn is looking anything but lively at this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be green – as in environmentally savvy. Here are a few tips for going green this season:
Weatherize your home. It doesn’t take much to reduce your impact on the environment. Simply by caulking around doorways and windows and replacing old weather stripping can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by 1,700 pounds per year.
Make sure your home has adequate insulation. This one step can save 25% on your home heating bill and 2,000 pounds of Co2 per year.
Replace old appliances with newer energy-efficient models. Just by using an energy-efficient refrigerator, you can save 500 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Replacing your washing machine with a low-energy, low-water-use machine, will reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by 440 pounds per year. Plus, washing your laundry in warm or cold water (instead of hot) can bring in a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions of about 500 pounds per year.
Maintain your HVAC system. Changing your heating, air conditioning and ventilating (HVAC) filter once a month or so maximizes your system's performance, minimizes its energy usage, and ensures that the system keeps the inside of your home comfortable. And this one step saves 350 pounds of CO2 each year. If you don’t know how to change your filter, have a routine system check performed by a qualified HVAC technician (like ours!) and have him show you how to do regular filter changes in the future. Just give us a call – we’ll be to take care of this for you.
Remember, green is about what you can save – energy dollars, carbon dioxide, the environment, and ultimately, our planet. So do your part and go green this winter.