Choose green every day. From lowering your utility bills, preserving natural resources and enjoying cleaner air - these simple tips will make your life more sustainable.
Appliances and home electronics are responsible for about 20% of a U.S. home's energy bills. Devices carrying the ENERGY STAR logo generally use 20-30% less energy and natural resources than required by federal standards by employing superior designs that require less energy to perform the same or better job. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that ENERGY STAR appliances saved about $14 billion in energy costs in 2006 alone.
Lighting products that have earned the ENERGY STAR deliver exceptional features, while using less energy. Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change. An ENERGY STAR qualified light bulb; uses about 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and lasts at least six times longer. It also produces about 75% less heat, so it's safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.
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Low-E coatings on windows reduce energy loss by as much as 30-50% compared to regular windows. Low-E coatings, which are microscopically thin materials bonded to the surface of a window's glass, are so thin you can see right through them yet they prevent heat and ultra-violet (UV) rays from passing through the glass.
The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills. A programmable thermostat reduces residential energy use by adjusting the temperature according to a series of programmed settings that take effect at different times of the day. This allows the temperature difference to be reduced without sacrificing comfort. It is not unusual to achieve 30% heating and cooling energy usage reductions with the pre-programmed settings that come with ENERGY STAR-certified programmable thermostats.
Low-flow fixtures have been on the market for a while. These days, there are also many ultra-low-flow fixtures that conserve even more water without compromising performance. The EPA's WaterSense program labels ultra-low-flow, highly water-efficient plumbing fixtures that have been independently tested and certified to meet efficiency and performance standards. In addition to being approximately 20% more water-efficient than average products, every faucet and shower head in a new Woodside home exceeds industry standards for water savings, reducing water bills and the cost of heating water by as much as 50%.
The EPA has identified indoor air pollution as one of the four greatest risks to human health. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are found around the home; cleaning solvents, adhesives, paints, and carpets all may emit VOCs. Many VOCs have negative health consequences. In recent years many common materials and products used indoors have been developed and are labeled by their manufacturers as "low VOC" or "zero VOC content" to improve indoor air quality. Today, many low VOC materials are equal or better in quality and durability than conventional VOC-based formulas.
Heating and cooling homes accounts for nearly 60% of residential electricity usage in the United States. The higher the SEER of your unit, the greater its efficiency - and the lower your operating costs. Compared with models 10 years old or older, cooling costs can be lowered 20-40% with newer, more efficient models.
PEX piping is a lot more wallet friendly than copper. The cost of installation is reduced and the safety dramatically increases without the use of torches where fittings are required.
Keeps temperature, lowering heating cost
Copper is a conductor, transferring cold and heat to the water in the pipes. PEX, on the other hand, does not conduct cold or heat. These pipes hold hot temperatures longer, decreasing a home's energy and water bill...
PEX resists build-up
PEX is specially made to resist build-up, lowering maintenance costs.
Freezing and burst resistant
Unlike copper, PEX pipes are flexible and resist freezing during periods of extremely cold temperatures.
PEX also provides a quieter water delivery system.