Alert. Alert. The average American home emits more greenhouse contaminants than their automobile.
Natural gas, oil or coal is the initial source for most residential electricity and when burned to produce that electricity it releases into the atmosphere the largest contribution to climate warming, carbon dioxide. Its an easy step to realize the energy system decisions made by homeowners could be the effect that brings the greatest improvement or greatest harm to our little global sphere called earth.
Every individual house owner has their own part in this environmental race to health. Energy companies are fed a minimum of $1,400 annually per household billing as recorded by the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Just for a start, the EPA estimates that each home that purchases Energy Star appliances and who equally practice modest energy saving disciplines will achieve a thirty percent correction to carbon dioxide emissions and the same percentage in reduction of utility expenses.
Here are just seven doable energy savings steps that will save the home owner money and save our precious world at the same time:
1.Air filters are standard to each home heating and cooling system. When these filters are clogged with dust and fibers from carpet, clothing, and household materials there is a damaging impact to the system (requiring early replacement or attention), ineffective circulation of interior airflow, and higher energy bills. Each system will clearly state how often the filters should be cleaned or replaced.
2.Energy Star-qualified windows have been proven to save almost fifteen percent on utility bills annually. HWReplacement Pros is a ready source of information and encouragement in the selection of such window replacements. These qualified windows do not lack in any consideration of attractiveness or variety.
3.Every home benefits with a cocooning barrier against air leaks and penetrating airflow. Insulation in attic and attic access, window and door frames, ceiling and wall vents will increase that barrier. Energy is not the only waste without the barrier. There is a diminished sense of comfort and a negative impact to functionality of air systems if such attention is not afforded the home.
4.For every replaced light bulb with a compact fluorescent, especially those in the most used portions of the home, will bring an annual savings of $12. An Energy Star logo will assure that these bulb replacements will use seventy-five percent less energy and will do so for ten times the service life of those bulbs that are replaced. Replace ten, save $120 annually and keep that savings for 10 times longer than the previous bulbs.
5.Simple habits of closing the refrigerator rather than waiting to set items on the counter; turning off electronic devices if it will be fifteen minutes or more before you begin to use them again. These simple steps will reduce energy consumption by ten percent over the course of a year.
6.Purchase energy saving appliances and service units in off-season sales. Rebates can further reduce the purchase price and if they are Energy Star certified the savings will continue. Start with a wise purchase and keep enjoying the savings.
7.Do a little yard work and lower the energy bills while bring beauty to the home. Twenty-five percent less energy is used when strategic tree planting is provided. Large leaf trees planted on the south and the west side of the home and evergreens on the north side actually reduce energy use.
When home owners reduce energy use the power plants generate less energy and the greenhouse gas emissions lesson, all of which bring an total improvement to air quality and quality of life for everyone. Save some money and save a planet.