Master Tech offers 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 in 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.
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 pain. Much 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 Air Cleaners from Carrier.
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 attic 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.
Eliminate condensation on windows and walls by controlling high humidity. Installing a whole-home dehumidifier reduces excess moisture to help you feel more comfortable and lower your risk of developing mold and mildew problems.
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.
Choose a thermostat that’s easy to use. A programmable thermostat can save about $100 a year in energy costs, but only if you take advantage of all it has to offer.
Most programmable thermostats offer multiple daily temperature settings for weekdays and weekends. Use as many as apply to your home and family to customize your temperature schedule for every day of the week, up to four time periods per day. That means you can set the wake-up temperature a little later for lazy Saturday mornings and get the most energy savings out of your home’s system. Thermostats that offer humidity control work your dehumidification system to adjust humidity and temperature settings independently, removing excess moisture from the air even on days when the air conditioner doesn’t run for long periods.