Some great side benefits can come from making green habits around the home and can also reduce your impact on the environment in a significant way. Just switching off a few lights or appliances can lower the utility bill along with choosing environmentally friendly fabrics as well as air conditioning Sydney and products can help maintain your health as well.
You can still contribute to a healthier home and a healthier planet even if your budget doesn’t allow for renovations or modifications to fit the green lifestyle.
Green Heating and Cooling, the most effective change you can make
To realize the most savings the fastest, start with your water heating system along with the heating and cooling systems. It is said that typically every year, families in Sydney spend in excess of $1,600.00 per year on their utility bills.
So, there should be lots of room for savings in both energy use and the utility bill! Even if the budget doesn’t allow for replacing the windows, furnace or water heater with more efficient units just yet. You can check with the Sydney Department of Energy for more tips for keeping the bills down and using less energy.
There are adjustments that can be made at any time of year to manage your home’s temperature. Some energy savings tips work all year long whether it’s Summer, Winter, Spring or Fall.
Just make sure you are focusing on things you can do to reduce your need for heating and cooling and that your house isn’t leaking all that valuable hot or cool air! Here are some year-round things you can try to save some energy:
· Try installing or adding weather-stripping around the doors and windows.
· If there are switch plates or electrical outlets on exterior walls, stuff some foam inserts behind the faceplates. Your local home improvement store usually carries these products.
· Install awnings that retract, to help shade your home in the summer or take advantage of the sun’s heat in the winter
· To shade the house in the summer and let in sunlight in the winter, plant trees that lose their leaves in the winter.
· Close the registers somewhat in some rooms not being used to control heating or cooling.
· To limit the loss of heated or cooled air in the house, use kitchen or bathroom ventilating fans as little as possible.
During the Hot Season
· Turn your cooling system completely off when your away from the house for an extended period and you can set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are in the house during the day.
· You can turn off your cooling system and open your windows (only if it’s safe) during the cool nights and early mornings. Open them in such a way as to allow airflow.
· Keep window coverings closed during the heat of the day during the hot months to reduce solar heating.
· You can install window air conditioners in shaded or north-facing windows to avoid fighting the sunlight if you don’t have a central air system.
During the Cold Season
· Set your thermostat to 65 degrees at night and when you will be away, such as at work or on vacation and to 70 or 72 degrees when you are in the house during the day. (Approximately 3% of your heating bill will be saved for every degree lowered! Try using a programmable thermostat)
· Close curtains and blinds at night to reduce heat loss through windows and also open them up on sun-facing windows during the day.
·To prevent drafts of cold air or heat loss, close or block of any unused fireplaces or chimneys.
· Try using an extra blanket on the bed at night when you turn down the thermostat instead of using the electric blanket all night.
Furnaces and Air Conditioners need Maintaining for best Efficiency
· Replace your filters. The easiest and most effective maintenance task.
· Have the ducted air conditioning Sydney cleaned and serviced annually by a professional.
· Check for leaks in your duct-work. Use your hand, paper or even the smoke from an incense stick to check for leaks, and then seal them up with duct tape.
· Once every three to five years have the ducts professionally cleaned.
Your Water Heater
Make sure the setting is not overheating your water. Too high a setting not only creates a risk of scalding but wastes energy. Usually, 120 degrees suits most needs.
The insulating foam should be wrapped on the first six feet of pipe exiting your hot water heater. When hot water sits in the pipes waiting to be used, a great deal of heat is lost. Also, if your hot water heater is more than ten years old, wrap it in a foil blanket for insulation. You can get them easily through the home improvement store at your locality.