How do you mark the approach of Earth Day in your home? Sometimes it can make people feel inadequate. The tendency is to throw up your arms in frustration wondering what difference can one person really make when it comes to seemingly insurmountable environmental problems. Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning wants you to know that small eco-friendly steps, repeated by many people, will have a large impact in Denver, CO and around the world. That includes the way you heat and cool your home and we’ll get to that in just a bit. First, here are some steps that just about everyone can take start the process:
Dump the disposables
This applies to a lot of consumer products from water bottles to grocery bags. A one-time investment in reusable items helps reduce the solid waste that takes thousands of years to degrade in landfills or often ends up in the earth’s oceans. It’s a simple way to make a big impact.
Home cleaning can often mean reaching for harsh chemicals, but there are many other ways to get the job done. Consider switching to more natural cleaners like vinegar or plant based solutions.
Be water aware
Water is a precious resource and perfectly manicured lawns and landscaping can come with a high environmental price. Consider changing to drought tolerant plants and grasses. Other ways to help:
- Shorter showers
- Shut the water off while brushing your teeth
- Full loads only in dish and clothes washers
- Install low-flow toilets and plumbing fixtures
Make the move to LED
The time is now to get rid of the old and inefficient incandescent light bulbs. The cost of eco-friendly LED bulbs is dropping every year. They use at least 75% less energy and will last up to 25 times longer. Compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs are also a good choice. They may be a little cheaper upfront but won’t save quite as much energy.
Comfort comes with a cost
Because home heating and cooling is the largest energy user in the home, Earth Day is a great time to consider changes. Start with your thermostat. Every degree cooler you keep the house during the winter and warmer during the summer can save a significant amount of energy. Oftentimes, installing new energy efficient equipment can trigger tax incentives and rebates from manufacturers and local utility companies. Suddenly the cost of going green won’t seem quite so intimidating. Call Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more about saving money and energy with new eco-friendly HVAC equipment in your Denver, CO home.