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Green Choices at Home

Making Greener Decisions for Your Home

“Green” simply means making choices with the intention of creating less of an impact on the environment. More and more, the term “green” is coming up in regard to the systems you use every day. While there are many ways to make greener choices, we are starting with how the largest systems in your home can be a way to begin down your green path. Here are 7 ways your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems can lead to a more efficient home—helping both the environment and your wallet.

  1. Installing More Efficient HVAC Solutions

Heating and cooling your home accounts for 56% of your energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. If your furnace or air conditioner is approaching 10 years old or older, chances are it isn’t running as efficiently as it used to. The harder these systems work, the more costs to you in both monthly heating and cooling bills, as well as repair expenses. Modern heating and cooling equipment is not only designed to be more efficient than their predecessors, but can last longer and will run like new because, well, it is.

  1. Add Some HVAC Additions

If you are not ready for a complete overhaul, there are still ways to make your current HVAC system more efficient.

  • Programmable thermostat: These ‘smart’ thermostats can lessen the demand of your HVAC units because you can set preferences for your home and adjust them with the tap of a button. In fact, you can save nearly 15% a year on your heating bill by turning back your thermostat when you’re not home.
  • Humidifier: More humid air will hold warmth. While a whole-home humidifier is a great way to create consistency in your home, even a room humidifier can lighten the load on your heating system.
  • Ceiling fan: Circulating your air will impact your comfort level and your system’s efficiency. A simple ceiling fan can go a long way in promoting the spread of conditioned air.
  1. Replace Your Bulbs

While turning your lights off when you aren’t using them is a tried-and-true way to lower your environmental impact, the types of lights you use can also play a role. LED lights can be up to 80% more efficient than fluorescent or incandescent lights. In addition to the electrical savings, LED lights don’t give off as much heat as traditional bulbs, so you don’t experience pockets of heat.

  1. Research Local and Federal Incentives

The federal government provides tax credits to make updating certain systems more affordable. Additionally, your state or city might provide tax credits or rebates to further incentivize energy-efficient solutions.

  1. Install Low-Flow Fixtures

If you don’t have a low-flow toilet or showerhead installed, you could be wasting over 15,000 gallons of water every year. In addition to saving water, low-flow fixtures will also conserve energy. Because low flow fixtures like toilets, showerheads, and sinks are becoming more popular, chances are you will be able to find a style you love that fits your home perfectly.

  1. Fix Leaks

In the same vein as low-flow fixtures, leaking pipes and faucets can waste a significant amount of water. According to the EPA, “the average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year.” An experienced plumber will be able to accurately identify leaks and repair them quickly.

  1. Maintenance = Efficiency

The better maintained your plumbing, electrical, or HVAC systems are, the less energy they waste and environmental impact they have. Routine maintenance can help diagnose issues—like those pesky leaks—and also ensure your system is running efficiently.

If you live in Griffith, IN and are interested in updating your HVAC system, installing some efficient additions, or fixing your electrical or plumbing systems, contact Meyer’s today. Call our experienced team at (219) 240-0610 or reach out online.