As a homeowner, when it comes time to get ready for the cold wind and snow of winter there are things that you can do today to take the sting out of the chill and the expense of staying warm.
The first step is to step back and take a look at the big picture of your home and see how you can make small changes to impact the energy, money and heat savings this coming winter.
Besides being a huge drain on personal spending, the winter season home heating is responsible for transferring nearly four tons of greenhouse gases into the air each month, and that as much as half of all the energy used in the home is wasted by inefficient appliance usage.
A great place to start is by conducting a home energy audit. This is something that you can hire a professional to do, or you can create a checklist and complete the audit yourself. Once you decide on a new eco friendly heat source, make sure to ask your vendor about the tax credits available for installing Energy Star and efficient equipment in your home or business.
This is the first step to take when you are thinking about making any changes to your heating and cooling system. Once you assess all of the areas for improvement and how much you are currently spending, the solutions will be easier to define.
The first step is to compile your last year's heating/cooling bills to get a pig picture perspective of how much you are spending. Once you have the information you need, you can use the handy tool called Home Energy Yardstick form Energy Star to compare your spending with similar homes around the country.
These heaters offered by, Eco-Heater, are an easy option for heating one room at a time is the wall mounted heater.
These units operate much like the free-standing space heater, except that they are mounted on a wall and uses convection air currents to heat the space in your room. They can also be painted with latex paint to match your room dÃ©cor.
Some of the benefits of the wall mounted heater are:
These units are a free-standing option for heating one or several adjacent rooms at a time. This type of unit is easy to move around the home and is programmable based on your needs.
This is a safe, simple and cost effective way to heat your space and adjust it to your needs throughout the night and day. Always check the manufacturer instructions for heat settings and safety suggestions. For more information on these I suggest checking out LaskoProducts.com.
According to EnergyStar.gov, the average household spends $400-$600 per year on water heating making it the second largest energy expenditure behind heating and cooling.
Water heaters typically keep 30 to 80 gallons of water hot 24 hours for the few minutes a day that you actually need it. As you make a request for water, the hot water runs through the pipes to the faucet.
This is where some of the problem is...
Depending on where the faucet is, it may take a minute or two before you receive hot water out of your faucet. In the meantime, cold clean fresh water is running down the drain and being wasted.
Once the hot water in the heater runs out, you will need to wait until a new load is heated up. This can be time-consuming and a pretty big inconvenience if more than one or two people want to take a warm shower within a short amount of time.
One solution to this wasteful usage of water is to switch to an Energy Star efficient tankless water heater. This type of eco friendly water heater will only heat up the specific amount of water you need right when you need it on demand. Noritz.com makes an eco friendly water heater which can be installed in either residential or commercial properties.
An efficient tankless hot water heater can cut your current water heating costs up to half as well as conserve wasted energy normally spent on heating a traditional full tank water heater.
We all know the benefits of solar energy. It comes straight from nature, is abundant and is eco friendly energy which does not generate any waste or draw on fossil fuels. The only down side is that it does require an initial investment, but solar energy will save you money over time.
I suggest that you check out Solar-Water-Heater.com to see whether this is a viable option for you to heat your water.
This is a relatively less known but extremely efficient method of cooling and heating a home or business. These heat pumps use the air pulled in from outdoors for a heat source (heating) and heat sink for cooling. These systems normally work in conjunction with a furnace because of the extreme temperature limitations.
Heat pumps are ideally used when outdoor temperatures are 45Â°F and higher, and for cooling when outdoor temps are below 90Â°F. Outside of these parameters, the efficiency of these systems drops off and requires the backup of a furnace. To find a vendor near you check out the Energy Star Partner list.
According to Pellet Stove Fires, "Wood pellets are clean, easy to handle and store, and are made of waste products from the timber and agricultural industries otherwise known as biomass. The amount of carbon they produce on burning is the same as the amount absorbed when the biomass was growing, which makes the heat they produce carbon neutral."
The installation of a pellet stove is child and pet friendly. Because of the way the air circulated within the stove the body of a pellet stove, except for the viewing window, should not get more than warm to the touch.
Here are a few great tips to get you moving towards an eco friendly heating solution and taking steps to ensure that your home is efficient and money stays put in your pocket where it belongs.
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