"WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOME ​GREENER"

​1. SWITCH TO COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS

​Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs can be a huge energy saver and typically have a much longer life than other bulbs. It would be a great idea to replace some of your incandescent bulbs with fluorescent and enjoy reductions in heat production and energy use. Changing at least  five of the most frequently used bulbs in your home can save you $100 per year on electric bills.

​2. PROGRAM YOUR THERMOSTAT

​When you are at home, keep the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher in the summer and 62 or lower in the winter. Programmable thermostats allow you to preset the system to reduce output when it's not needed, like when no one is home during the day or when everyone is sleeping at night.

3. PLUG AIR LEAKS

This simple step can go a long way toward keeping your home at the temperature you desire saving money on heating and air conditioning bills, Common leaks occur around windows, doors, and other wall penetrations, Plugging those leaks with weather stripping and caulk is an easy and inexpensive task.

​4. TUNE UP YOUR HEATING AND COOLING (HVAC) SYSTEM

Have a checkup for your HVAC system every two years to make sure it is running efficiently. Be sure to clean the filter monthly during times of peak usage; a dirty filter can significantly reduce the system's efficiently. 

5. CHOOSE ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES

Energy star qualified products meet a high level of energy efficiency, which can translate into savings on electric bills. So when it's time to replace that old refrigerator, microwave, clothes washer, or other appliance, remember that even if an Energy Star appliance costs more, you could reduce your energy bill by 50$ a year for each appliance. Also, check with your electric utility- some offer incentives for replacing old appliances with more efficient ones.  

​6. REDUCE WATER USE

You should be more aware of the water you use daily, and how much you are wasting by keeping the water running or how high the water pressure is. 

​7. PLANT TREES TO PROVIDE SHADE AND WIND PROTECTION FOR YOUR HOUSE

​Planting trees to provide shade for your home can save so much money. This simple step can help you save money on heating and air conditioning bills while providing beautiful views around your home.

8. USE NATIVE PLANTINGS

Native plants have been growing for several years.  These plants have adapted to the local soils and climate. As a result they are more likely to thrive with minimal care unlike exotic plants.