Creating a green home has become a priority for millions of homeowners in recent years, and you can easily join their ranks. To get you started, we’ve compiled five quick steps that can act as a starter guide to energy savings and environmental care.
Upgrade Your HVAC System
If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old or hasn’t been operating very well in recent years, then it’s time for an upgrade. Newer models will allow you to “go green” due to their increased energy efficiency ratings, which will also help you lower your monthly utility bills.
Turn to Solar or Geothermal Power
As homeowners look for new ways to become more environmentally conscious, many are turning to alternative forms of energy to power their homes. Solar has increasingly become more commonplace in recent years, but in other areas harnessing the power of geothermal energy is another great way to help the environment.
Upgrade to a Zoning System
Traditional heating and cooling systems are not very efficient, especially when you have multiple rooms that are typically warmer or colder than others. A zoning system will allow you to focus your HVAC system’s efforts in only the areas that need it, which will help you save both energy and money.
Switch to Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs
Traditional lightbulbs have been on their way out for years, much to the chagrin of Thomas Edison fans around the world. Fluorescent and LED bulbs are more energy-efficient and will save you money every year. Plus, the newer designs of these bulbs look like traditional bulbs, which make them even more appealing to “purists.”
Change to a Low-Flow Toilet
You can’t really consider yourself as “going green” if you’re wasting a ton of water. Low-flow toilets use a fraction of the amount of water that traditional toilets use, which means you’ll lower the water usage of your home every time you flush.
If you need more advice on how to create a green home, the friendly professionals at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company can help. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Yuma and the surrounding area since 1952.