Tips for Making Your Home Greener

Times are a changing……every homeowner should take a look around and make a few simple changes around their home to protect the environment.  Making some changes to have a greener  home can not only save you money but help combat global warming.  Do you know what the key is to making your home greener?  The answer is efficiency.  Being efficient in anything makes whatever you are doing a little better.*  Lighting – replace your incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent light bulbs.*  Timer Thermostats – Install programmable thermostats and set your thermostat down some degrees while you sleep and during the day when you are at work.  Setting your thermostats down just 5 degrees will save you big.

*  Cover Drafty Areas – Plug and seal areas around doorways, windows, electrical outlets, plumbing openings.  This save you big time.

*  Water Heater Insulation – Insulate around your hot water heater and pipes around the water heater.

*  Energy Efficient Appliances – remember to select ENERGY STAR when purchasing a new furnace, hot water heater, air conditioner, etc.  You will save about 10 to 30% on operating costs vs. non-energy efficient units.

These are just a few changes that you can make to save energy costs and you will be amazed at just how fast your savings can add up.  We can all do a little to save our planet and money, too.

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