5 Ways to Lower Your Environmental Impact at Home

5 Ways to Lower Your Environmental Impact at Home We’d all like to decrease our carbon footprint and help the environment. With Earth Day coming up on April 22, what better gesture is there than to find some simple ways to participate in the Green Revolution? Here are five great suggestions on how to lower your environmental impact:

Programmable thermostat. You know that lowering your thermostat during the winter and raising it in the summer can save energy. This also translates into using less petroleum, resulting in less carbon emissions. But did you know that installing a programmable thermostat can help you consume less energy? By programming a schedule that dials back on energy use when your family is sleeping or away, you won’t have to worry about adjusting your thermostat.

Buy Energy Star appliances. You’ve seen that bright yellow label on a variety of new appliances, including refrigerators, stoves, washing machines and water heaters. This is the U.S. government’s Energy Star label, which indicates that the appliance has been tested and rated as more efficient than models without the label. HVAC systems are also rated by Energy Star. Do yourself and the environment a favor by buying efficiently next time you need a new appliance.

Install ceiling fans. Ceiling fans can help you cut back on your heating and cooling needs. In the summer, fans can stir up a breeze so you feel cooler, while in the winter, fans with a reverse switch can force warm air down from the ceiling, so occupants feel warmer.

Seal air leaks in your home. Whether it’s winter or summer, sealing cracks and gaps that let conditioned air out and outside air in can reduce energy use, while being a money saver. Just use caulk and weatherstripping.

Get a regular maintenance check on your HVAC system. A poorly maintained HVAC system works harder to do its job and uses more energy than an efficient model. Everything from regularly changing the air filter to cleaning coils can improve efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint.

To learn more about how to lower your environmental impact at home, contact Davis Air Conditioning in Southwest Oklahoma.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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