1. Monitor Home Temperature & Clean AC Filters — Nearly half of a home’s energy usage goes toward heating and cooling. Keep filters clean and make good use of ceiling fans. Replace ageing systems with new direct venting and higher SEER rated units. Upgrade to foam encapsulated systems.
2. Switch Out Bulbs — Replacing light bulbs can save money even though the upfront cost per bulb is higher. LED bulbs use 66 percent less energy and last 10 times longer than standard bulbs.
3. Use Greener Cleaners — There’s an abundance of green cleaning products available these days. A simple online search will reveal which products are gentler to the environment than others.
4. Upgrade Outdated Appliances — It’s estimated that 18 percent of a typical home’s energy bill can be attributed to appliance use. By upgrading to newer appliances you’ll consume significantly less energy (Ex: like a new washing machine – which uses less water and electricity).
Even if you do just one or two of the above, you can make a big difference for the environment — and you’ll see the results on your homes’ bills.
5. Buy a High-Performance Alford Home – which is energy efficient and has been built using the latest green building techniques call Greg Alford at 214.384.8779.
For more information on green home building visit the United States Green Building Council https://www.usgbc.org/ .