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Going Green: A Homeowner's Guide

Going Green: A Homeowner's Guide

For the people of Colorado, nature and the beauty of the environment have always been something easy to see and live around. But if we want to make sure that natural splendor stays in place for future Americans to enjoy, we need to do our part to protect it. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can do this even just in the way you live in your home.

Use Natural Cooling Solutions

You’ll probably still want to use your A/C unit in the summer to keep the house comfortable, but you can ease the burden it faces every year. The best way to do it is by planting a tree in your yard. A strategically placed tree with shade over your roof has a big effect on naturally cooling your house down. That means your A/C system doesn’t have to work as hard. Shade makes a huge difference.

Work On Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is one of the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. We all create it to some extent, but we can reduce how big our “footprint” is with a little bit of effort. Find and use products with lower CO2 emissions ratings than what you currently have. Patronize businesses that are shrinking their carbon footprint in their operations.

Go Solar

You can go all the way with solar panels on your roof, or you can start a bit smaller with devices like calculators and work your way up to chargers for your devices, or even refrigerators. But solar powered hardware means one thing; once you pay for that hardware, it’s free electrical power.

User Newer LED Lights

The LED bulb generates less heat, uses less electricity and lasts longer than a traditional light bulb. You don’t even need to get LED lights in traditional bulb shapes; they can be built in interesting and unique configurations.

Keep Your Thermostat Controls Reasonable

Don’t pay more than you need to on either heating or cooling. When it’s winter, don’t turn up the furnace too much, and when it’s summer, don’t put your A/C on full blast. Keep it comfortable, not extreme.

Install a New HVAC System

Older homes with older furnaces and air conditioners are not operating at top efficiency. Anything from the 20th century is bleeding out energy that you are paying for. Get a new HVAC system and start saving on your bills.

Close the Chimney Flue During the Summer

The fireplace is a source of comfort and nostalgia during the winter. During the summer, if you don’t close the flue once the season is over, it’s a big vacuum that sucks up cool and air and sends it out of the house, forcing your air conditioner to work harder.


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