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Simple, But Significant Ways Homeowners Can Reduce Their Environmental Impact

Change Your Lights

Try replacing five light fixtures that you use the most with fixtures that have the Energy Star label. Energy Star products help the environment by using less resources while significantly reducing energy costs. Although energy-efficient lighting fixtures use far less electricity than their less-efficient counterparts, they still provide the same bright light as traditional fixtures. Additionally, Energy Star products typically last 10 to 50 times longer than standard lighting fixtures.

Heat And Cool Your Home The Smart Way

Cooling and heating your home accounts for over 50 percent of your energy costs. In most cases, if you change your air filters often, you can lower your energy bill each month. Investing in a programmable thermostat is another simple, energy-saving solution. However, if you want to maximize your comfort and energy savings, you should consider hiring a licensed contractor annually to inspect your HVAC and heating units.

To save even more money, ensure that your home is properly sealed and insulated. You can use weather stripping, caulk, and insulation to block any drafts and leaks. Insulation should be used throughout the home, but you must place a lot of it in the attic.

Use Water Efficiently

The process of pumping and heating water requires plenty of energy. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, never let the water run while you brush your teeth. Also, if you have a leaky toilet, hire a plumber immediately, because you will waste about 200 gallons of water each day.

Since water heaters use energy to heat water at various times throughout the day, you should replace your traditional unit with an energy-efficient unit. A tankless water heater is highly recommended, because it produces hot water on-demand, rather than wasting energy with a tank.

Recycled Flooring

Recycled carpet tiles are often made from ground nylon carpeting. Sustainable homeowners buy recycled carpets instead of new carpets, both for the environmental benefits of reuse and the

Recycled rubber is a great flooring material that is very durable. Many families choose this kind of flooring because the material is stain-resistant. Whenever the floor becomes dull, it can be polished quickly with a water-soluble wax emulsion. For daily cleaning, you will only need a mop and a bucket of clean water.

If you implement a few basic procedures and use the proper flooring, you can save money and help the environment.

Informational Credit to Chilliwack Carpet One Floor & Home


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