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Tips for Going Green in Your Home

Schaible's Plumbing - Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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  • One of the easiest ways to save electricity is to install a programmable thermostat. Air conditioning temperatures automatically adjust to use less energy during the times when you’re not home and at night. The efficiency continues during the colder months when your heating system also adjusts to save energy.

  • If you have a water softener, check to be sure you're not sending conditioned water to your garden. It wastes sodium or potassium, and the conditioned water balance is fine for people but not for plants. If you're not sure what type of water is going to your outside hoses, call us for help.

  • Leaky ductwork wastes energy and money by sending conditioned air into the walls instead of into living space. Identify and seal leaks in your ductwork.

  • Air conditioning also goes where you don't want it if you have uninsulated ductwork. Insulation increases efficiency by directing more conditioned air into living spaces instead of losing some to unconditioned space, such as crawl spaces and unheated basements or garages. Insulate all visible ductwork.

  • Replace the filters in all ventilation systems as they become dirty. This includes air conditioning system filters, dehumidifier filters, and range hood filters.

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