Greener Living

The Home Owner’s Guide To Energy Saving in the Living Room

The living room is a popular place for families to spend quality time together. Review these energy efficiency tips to ensure your living room isn’t costing you.   Program your home In the Summer, program your thermostat to cool less while you’re away on vacation, and in the Winter program it to heat less while you’re sleeping or away from home. Use A Powerbar The theme here is controlling how much energy is used in your home. A powerbar is a great option, especially if it has a timer. Use a powerbar with a timer or an auto shut-off option to eliminate wasted electricity. Tip: put your lamps on timers so you won’t have to worry about forgetting to turn them off when you go to bed. Go LED Replace your light bulbs with LED bulbs. These high-quality light bulbs last longer than incandescent bulbs. Turn Your Devices Off It’s always a good idea to turn your devices off and unwind at the end of a hectic day. Turning your computer off at night can help conserve energy. Many electronic devices, including a PVR, will use energy will on standby. Shut them down to be most efficient with your energy use. Seal The Fireplace You have less control over the air temperature and your bills if air is escaping through your fireplace. Ensure it is properly sealed and not letting outside air in. This goes for your windows and doors as well – check for any air leaks. Having control over …

Greener Living: Cooling Your Home

Buyers are becoming more aware of the benefits of an energy efficient home, and are including energy efficiency on their “must have” list. Heating and cooling are the largest energy expenses in most homes, so taking the time to ensure efficiency is a smart move. In our last Greener Living article, we talked about the energy and economic benefits of properly insulating your home. Efficient insulation means you have more control over the air in your home, including where it goes and its temperature. Air Quality Along with controlling the temperature of the air, it’s also beneficial to have control over the quality of the air in your home. Most people think of air conditioners as cooling units, but they actually help to reduce the moisture in the air as well, increasing the air’s quality. Installing an efficient air conditioner in your home will help you reduce your energy costs, increase your air quality, and appeal to buyers when it’s time to sell. Cooling Your Home On those hot summer days, we often resort to cranking the AC in our homes to cool down. Whether your’re thinking of selling or looking to reduce your expenses, take some time to think about how you cool your home and how your cooling habits are impacting your energy efficiency and bills. Use these tips to reduce your cooling costs: Clean and replace the filters in your air conditioning unit. This will increase its efficiency in cooling your home as well as the quality …

Greener Living: Insulating Your Home

What’s the benefit of living a little greener? Improving the energy efficiency of your home can help you save money and increase its appeal to buyers. Properly insulating your home prevents hot and cold air from escaping vulnerable areas. You pay to heat and cool your home, so when that air leaks out it’s the same as throwing money out your window. This air escape has a great effect on your home’s energy efficiency as well as your family’s comfort. Insulation works to resist heat flow, which affects your energy costs. The higher the heat flow, the higher your bills will be. Replacing or installing insulation in your attic is the perfect place to start to increase the energy efficiency of your home. This is a small change you can make to reduce your energy bills. Before you start, consult with an insulation installer who can conduct an audit on your home and determine how much insulation you already have and how much you need. To prevent air leaks check your home for cracks where air may be escaping—door frames, windows, attic access, and any area where wires or lighting is installed. These areas are especially vulnerable to leaks in older homes. Not only can greener living help you reduce your energy use and lower your bills, but it can also increase your home’s appeal to buyers. Home hunters will see the value of proper insulation in a home.