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ways to reduce your environmental impact and stay warm this winter

Reduce Your Environmental Impact This Year

What about taking on a resolution this year that could benefit the greater good?

Reducing the impact that we have on the environment is easier than we think. And, if we all do our part, we can really make a difference. Here are a few ways that you can do good for the environment—at home and in the office!

Ways to Take Action  

Get an energy audit

First thing’s first—where’s all your wasted energy going? Find out! By detecting where you’re wasting energy and how much, an energy audit will boost efficiency and save you money (3).

This is something we can help with! We’ll fill you in with more details below.

Cut back on your water usage

Are you guilty of leaving the water running while brushing your teeth? Break that habit! Whether you’re brushing your teeth or loading up the dishwasher, turn off the faucet when it isn’t in use.

Opt for shorter showers over baths. Yes, every once in a while you might want a relaxing bath—and that’s okay! But most of the time, try to stick to short showers. If you’re really dedicated, try turning off the shower head while you’re doing things that don’t require water, like shaving your legs.

Don’t forget to fix your leaks! In addition to being an annoyance, leaks can waste more water than you think. Call up a plumber to tackle those pesky leaks in the new year (1).

Turn off lights when you’re not using them

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a huge culprit for energy waste! If you’re not in a room, turn off the lights. This one can be applied at the office too—break room not in use? No need for lights (2)!

Pay attention to your thermostat

Depending on the season, be sure not to set your thermostat too high or too low. This winter, don’t bump up the temp higher than it needs to be.

To save more energy, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat that shuts off your heat or AC when you’re not home (2).

Upgrade your systems and appliances

Whether it be for home or the office, make smarter choices this year when it comes to your systems and appliances. Although they have a slightly higher price tag, energy efficient systems will save you money in the long run—and be better for the environment (2).

If you’re in the market for a new big ticket item such as a dishwasher, refrigerator, HVAC unit, etc., be sure to consider its efficiency rating. (Check out this resource to help you determine what HVAC ratings really mean.)

Recycle

This is one that may seem difficult to start doing, but once you set up two bins—one for trash and one for recycle—you will see just how easy it really is to recycle! Another thing we’ve seen people do in office settings (or the home office) is re-use paper when possible. Maybe you printed off some notes but don’t need them anymore, but the back side of the pages are fine to be used. Simply re-insert in your printer before you hit “print” again!

Another rule of thumb is to re-use things, when you can, before throwing them out. Good for the environment AND it can save you money, which is a win-win!

The Benefits of an Energy Audit with Greater Comfort: Boost Efficiency & Save Money

During our energy audit, we determine exactly where your home/building needs upgrades, and we will recommend changes that will increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

We may also recommend some other components to supplement your heating and cooling system like an energy recovery ventilator or an upgrade for particularly old elements of your system.

The best part of a home energy audit is that you can then look at a list of specific actions that will save you money and select which to perform based on your available budget. We also offer green–friendly options including ductless mini split heat pumps with SEER ratings well over 20. These systems not only reduce the use of energy to cool your home, but also eliminate the need for fuel–based heating on all but the coldest nights of the winter.

When you work with an expert in energy saving, you will find that there are dozens of ways to reduce your energy bill, improve the efficiency of your HVAC system and keep your family comfortable without spending a fortune.

Make Sure Your Home is Comfortable & Energy Efficient All Winter

If you are ready to take action, contact the experts at Greater Comfort today to ensure that your HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible this winter: 859-491-4915.

Sources:

  1. https://www.care2.com/greenliving/20-ways-to-conserve-water-at-home.html
  2. https://cotap.org/reduce-carbon-footprint/#food
  3. http://www.globalstewards.org/reduce-carbon-footprint.htm
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