greenliving

FREE TIPS TO LIVING AN ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY LIFE— 

1) Unplug all electronics and battery charges when not in use. Put TV, Stereo and computers on strips to make them easy to turn off.

2) Use programmable thermostats.
3) Set hot water heater to 120 degrees.

4) Clean dryer vents and lint filters. Keep both unobstructed.

5) Turn off lights and ceiling fans every time you leave a room.

6) Use both vent fans when bathing or showing especially in summer.

7) Clean or replace furnace filters at least every three months.

8) Keep supply and return grills to HVAC clean and unobstructed.

9) In winter, keep the drapes/ shades open on the south facing windows during the day and close them at night.

10) In summer, keep the drapes/shades closed on the south facing windows during the day.

11) Close fireplace and wood stove dampers when not in use.

CHEAP TIPS—

1) Install Compact Fluorescent light bulbs (CFB) in place of incandescent bulbs.

2) Add insulation to hot water pipes, around the hot water tank and beneath any electric hot water heaters if they set on concrete.

3) Inspect and change as needed the sacrificial anode rod in your hot water tank.

4) Seal all possible air leaks in your home.

5) Install low-flow shower heads, faucet aerators and low volume or dual flush toilets.

6) Plant evergreen trees where they will block the prevailing winter winds.

7) Add solar screens or window tinting to east and west windows and south-facing unshaded

windows.

8) Plant deciduous trees where they will shade east, west and south windows in summer.

9) Service your HVAC system twice annually.

10) Add motion sensors to outdoor lighting.

11) Replace bathroom vent fan switches & timers.

BEST INVESTMENTS—

1) Test duct system for leakage. Verify your return grills are large enough. Code requires a minimum 1.5 sq. ft. or grill per ton of air conditioning, and more is even better.

2) Add foil-faced duct wrap to any ducts exposed to outdoor temperatures in attics or crawl spaces.

3) Increase your attic insulation to achieve a minimum R-38, blown cellulose is recommended because it has a higher- value and it reduces air leakage.

4) Look for the ENERGY STAR label when buying anything that uses energy.

5) When replacing your heating and cooling equipment, purchase units that are more efficient than the minimum 80% gas furnaces and 13 SEER heat pumps and air conditioners. 13-17 SEER is best.

THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T DO—

1) Don’t plug your old refrigerator in unconditioned areas such as garages.
2) Don’t close off rooms that have supply grills in them.
3) Don’t seal or block combustion air vents in closets with a gas furnace or gas water heater.

ITEMS YOU CAN INCLUDE IF YOU ARE BUILDING OR REMODELING A HOME—

Low flow/dual flush toilets, LED lighting, aerator for faucets, tankless hot water heater, SIPS—Structural Insulated Panels, skylights, duct efficiency, spray foam insulation, 17 SEER HVAC unit, Low VOC paint, cement siding, Energy Star appliances, sustainable products, recycled products for flooring and or countertops, good site orientation, properly sized vent fans in all baths and laundry rooms, Humidistats, programmable thermostats.40 year shingles, solar panels, mastic sealing, radiant barrier decking, double pane windows, property seal home, 90+ furnace ratings, dust free drywall mud, salvage old/used items.

HEALTH INFORMATION ON GREEN HOMES—

1)  Recycle household items & electronic equipment to reduce harmful mercury and other toxic waster in landfills.
2)  Buy household products that are eco-friendly or made from recycled materials.
3)  Save water by landscaping wisely.
4)  Improve Indoor air quality by using bath and laundry vent fans.
5)  Use low VOC (Volatile organic compound) paint when possible.
6)  Don’t use products in home that contain Formaldehyde.