Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

There is no better way to celebrate and appreciate Mother Earth than to practice environmental friendliness in our homes. Through simple measures to cut down on energy losses everyday, we are taking great strides in making our planet a better place to live.

Did you know that almost half of the energy used in a home goes towards heating and cooling? Cut down on costs and wasted energy by installing a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats are designed to accommodate your family's lifestyle. Choose a lower temperature setting for hours during the day when the house is empty, and a higher temperature for when everyone returns. A lower temperature setting can also be set for times when the family is asleep or days when you are away on vacation. With brands ranging from Honeywell, White Rodgers, Robertshaw, Lux, and Tekmar, finding a programmable thermostat that suits your needs is simple and will reduce not only your energy bills, but also your greenhouse gas emissions.

Another area where you can reduce your carbon footprint is in water heating. Water heating accounts for the second largest energy usage in our homes, behind heating and cooling. If you are looking to replace an old water heater, consider purchasing one that is Energy Star Qualified, such as a Bradford White High Efficiency Water Heater. The Energy Star Qualified Bradford White Water Heaters feature 2" Non-CFC Foam Insulation. This layer of insulation reduces heat loss, which results in lower energy bills without cutting back on performance. The only place you will notice a difference is in your wallet!

Let Earth Day be a simple reminder that little differences can go a long way. From recycling trash to installing an energy-efficient device in your home, being environmentally-aware does not mean you have to sacrifice luxury or comfort. Steps taken to be Earth-friendly start in the home, but the results will be seen around the planet.

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