Helping the ecosystem Makes Cents
A recent survey shows that Americans are less concerned about the ecosystem then people in other countries. Many think that climate change claims are exaggerated and that environmental issues have no impact on their health. People do not think that the consumerist attitude of the US is sustainable, but do not think that environmental problems will negatively impact their own lives. Instead of passing on our problems to future generations, people should realize that being green can not only save the planet, but save them some money in addition.
One of the greatest expenses a household has is heating and cooling. Anyone who sets a thermostat Arizona knows comfortable temperatures costs money. If you have an older system, you might want to look into having it replaced. Newer models use less electricity and some are designed to be solar strength friendly. A geothermal system uses the ground to heat and cool the air, so it needs only minimal electricity to circulate air by the system. If you do not want to replace your complete HVAC system, you can replace an old thermostat with a newer form. Today’s programmable thermostats allow you to set different temperatures for different times of day. You can position for your air conditioner to keep your house slightly warmer when you are at work and then automatically cool things down by the time you get home.
Another great way to save some money is to seal leaks. In Arizona, APS rebates are obtainable to make your home more energy efficient. People do not give a lot of thought to their duct work as long as their homes are comfortable. What they do not realize is that small leaks can waste up to 15% of their air conditioner’s cooling capacity. A qualified HVAC company can test your duct work and suggest improvements. Another source of leaks is around windows. Gaps can allow the cool air you are paying for to leak outside. Windows with several layers of glass lessen the amount of heat that passes by the glass. Windows can also be coated to keep sunlight out which helps keep your home cool.
Now that you have lessened one of your largest energy expenses by making sure you have an efficient Arizona air conditioner, there are other small steps you can make to lessen your environmental impact. Replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs or LEDs. The initial investment is greater, but they use less energy and save you money in the long run. When you are not using appliances, unplug them. Most appliances use energy already when turned off. strength strips allow you to completely shut off electricity to several appliances at once. If you live in an dry climate, look for grass or ground cover that requires less watering and maintenance. If you need to water, consider installing a rain barrel so that you can get some of your water for free. The fewer utilities you use, the more money you will save and the less strain you will put on the ecosystem.