Tips - Go Green
Brewer's Arizona Air Conditioning & Heating Tips on Going Green.
Brewer's Air Conditioning & Heating Tip Categories:
Give your home appliances a break, too, and you'll come home to a lower energy bill.
• If you have a backyard pool, you can save energy maintaining it by giving your pool pump a break. Cutting back its operating hours to the minimum needed to keep your pool clean will save money and extend the life of your pump. If you have a heated pool, keep it covered when it's not in use to avoid heat lost to evaporation.
• Eliminate condensation on windows and walls by controlling high humidity. Installing a whole-home dehumidifier like the Humiditrol® dehumidification system reduces excess moisture to help you feel more comfortable and lower your risk of developing mold and mildew problems.
• Plant trees to keep your cool. Adding deciduous trees around your home will block the sun's rays to avoid overheating your home. The trees will lose their leaves in the winter, so the sun can help warm your home when it's needed.
• Wash and dry several loads of laundry back to back, so your dryer won't cool down completely between loads. Better yet, hang laundry outdoors to air-dry it free of charge!
• Don't force your air conditioning system to work harder than it has to. Make sure curtains and furniture aren't blocking any vents, and keep lamps away from the thermostat.
• Sign up now for a chimney cleaning service, when no one else is thinking about their fireplace. You'll avoid long waits for an appointment, and keep your fireplace running safely and efficiently.
• Use microwaves, slow-cookers and other smaller appliances to prepare dinner. You could save up to 30% of the energy used by a conventional oven* (and you'll reduce the heat load on your air conditioner).
It really is possible to save money while helping save the planet. Making your life a little greener doesn't have to hurt. In fact, there are some very simple steps you can take to reduce your impact on the planet…and the amount you spend on energy bills and elsewhere all year long. Here are some easy tips that make it easy to be green.
• As much as half of the energy your home uses is spent on heating and cooling. So choosing high-efficiency air conditioning and furnace systems can make a big difference on your home's emissions and your utility bills. Installing an ENERGY STAR® qualified HVAC system can dramatically reduce your energy usage, saving up to 60% on your cooling bills, and up to 40% on heating costs.
• Reducing the number of catalogs that clog both your mailbox and the landfill is better for the environment – and for your pocketbook, if they tempt you to buy. Each American gets about 63 catalogs every year; production of those uses an estimated 53 million trees and enough water to fill 81,000 swimming pools every year. Find each catalog company's 800 number and ask to be removed from their mailing list.
• You hear a lot about "ozone"…but is it good or bad? Well, that depends on where it is. The ozone layer refers to the ozone within the earth's stratosphere, where more than 90% of the earth's ozone exists. This ozone layer helps protect the earth by absorbing 97 to 99% of the sun's high-frequency ultraviolet light. However, ozone is an irritating, corrosive, colorless gas that you don't want in your home, because exposure to ground-level ozone can lead to shortness of breath and chest pain5. Many indoor air quality (IAQ) products such as electronic air cleaners and portable ionic air purifiers produce ozone. Choose an IAQ product that does not produce ozone, such as the Healthy Climate® IAQ products from Lennox. This is the industry's first comprehensive line.
• THERE ARE lots of very easy ways to make your home greener, such as turning off your home and work computers every night, deputize your children as the "lights police, sign up for online billing, register for a free or low-cost energy audit by your local utility company;, leave the car behind and walk more, shop for local produce at the farmers' market, creating natural bug barriers using coffee grounds.
• Many energy utilities around the country are now offering "green energy" programs. Because green or renewable energy can be more expensive to develop than coal-based energy, these programs ask for voluntary contributions to offset the extra cost. You can generally buy "blocks" of green energy for a few dollars that your energy company will use to purchase the more expensive, renewable energy. These contributions allow you to offset part of your home's "carbon footprint," the measure of how much carbon dioxide is created each day by your use of fossil fuels.
• Insulating your attic helps keep your home's upper floors more comfortable in summer and winter, and keeps more of the comfort you paid for from escaping your home. Use insulation with at least a minimum R-30 value, or visit the U.S. Department of Energy's website to learn more about choosing the right level of insulation for your area of the country.
• Planting a garden instead of grass around your home will allow you to save water, reduce the energy spent mowing and help avoid spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Choose native wildflowers, a ground cover that requires little care or an organic herb garden and you'll save time and money all summer long.