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Simple Steps To Reduce Your Family’s Impact on the Environment


Simple Steps To Reduce Your Family’s Impact on the Environment

Upgrade Old, Inefficient Appliances

Dishwashers, clothes washers, ovens, refrigerators, water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, and other major appliances can all run up energy costs quickly if they are not energy efficient or not running at peak performance. It is important to have your major appliances inspected regularly. If you are considering a renovation or upgrade, explore your options.

Ceiling Fans

A ceiling fan can increase the evaporation of perspiration from an individual and create the sensation of a cooler environment. Ceiling fans also cost much less to operate than your comfort system. This allows you to set the thermostat higher and still enjoy a comfortable environment. Be sure to turn the fan off when you leave the room.

Outlet Insulators

It may be hard to believe, but if your outlet covers are not insulated properly, air could be entering your home around them. Use outlet insulators to help seal the space behind the outlet and lower your energy bills.

Ultra-Low Flow Toilets

Low flow toilets use less than half the water of full flush toilets. Low flow toilets are now the standard for new construction, but many older homes still have full flush toilets installed. If you want to save even more money, consider a dual flush toilet, which provides two different flushing options. When flushing toilets accounts for at least a third of your water bill, there is a big potential to save with an upgrade.

Low-Flow Showerheads

Consumers worry that switching to a low-flow showerhead will decrease their comfort in the shower. Most people using a low flow showerhead can’t tell the difference between it and a regular showerhead.

Solar Water Heaters

Solar water heaters are no longer exotic. They come in kits from water heater manufacturers. If you would like the hot water charges on your water bill cut in half, consider an upgrade.

Rain Barrel Water Collection

Where does all that water from your eavestroughs and downspouts go? In the street and down a gutter? Rainwater is a great resource to use for watering plants or gardening. Consider installing a rain barrel at the bottom of one of your downspouts to collect the water and tie it into an irrigation system. Next time there is a dry spell, save some money on your water bill.

Don’t Do Everything At Once 

Pick a few projects to tackle each year. By making just a few of these changes, you could be saving a great deal of money on utility payments. We can help you to prioritize. Emergency Plumbing, Heating & Air is always ready to help with all your plumbing needs. 

At Emergency Plumbing, Heating & Air, we strive to provide the best products and services to our customers, at affordable prices. Please contact us for all your heating and cooling needs. We are happy to help with installation, maintenance, and repairs.

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