Three simple tips for a greener life
Finding ways to reduce your carbon footprint (CO2 usage) in the heat of summer can be a challenge. However, there are some easy changes you can make to help reduce your impact on the world around you.
1. Take control of the temperature,
but don’t create bigger problems by making huge, untimely adjustments. A programmable thermostat will allow you to better control the desired temperature in your home while still ensuring that you and your family enjoy comfortably cooled air the moment you walk through the door. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) suggests setting the temperature at 80 degrees F when the house is empty. An increase of just 2 degrees can save 366 pounds of CO2/year and nearly $30 on the average energy bill.
2. Let the hot air out
. According to the NRDC, an attic exhaust fan can save up to 10%
of AC costs for a savings of 300 pounds of CO2 annually and $24 in utility bills.
Be sure to use the appropriate number or size of attic fans to achieve recommended air exchange rates.
3. Claim all the cool air lingering in your ducts.
Our central AC units are great for cooling our homes, especially those rooms closest to the central fan unit. However, many of us have a room or two that is furthest from the central unit that never feels quite as cool as the rest of the house. Installing an AirFlow Breeze register booster fan can draw enough cool air from the ducts to reduce the temperature in those problem rooms by 3 - 5 degrees.
What a benefit! You’ll probably find yourself raising the thermostat slightly as the temperature becomes more even throughout your home.
Many are aware that we need to reduce CO2 output, as well as the amount of energy we consume. Sometimes finding ways to accommodate these reductions is difficult to impossible to achieve without compromising our human comfort. With the aid of some easy-to-install devices, we can improve the air comfort of our homes while being energy and cost efficient. Every little change adds up month-by-month and home-by-home. Take a little time to investigate energy and CO2 conserving options today!