(PRWEB) April 23, 2013
Each year, worldwide events are held to honor our Earth and the limited resources it offers. Help celebrate conservation of our resources with these six tips from Aire Serv®, Glass Doctor®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, The Grounds Guys® and Mr. Rooter®.
In the winter, Aire Serv recommends setting your thermostats at 68º F and in summer set the thermostats to 78ºF. These temperatures will provide you with comfort and add to your energy savings. Set thermostats even lower in winter when you are away from home for more than a day. In summer set the thermostat higher when you are away for more than a day.
Cure Window Panes
Energy efficient windows provide effective space heating, natural lighting and energy savings. Glass Doctor suggests improving existing window efficiency by adding storm windows, caulking the gaps and cracks in window framing and applying coverings or window treatments to help keep heat out and cool air in.
Choosing energy efficient and smart appliances can save you time and money in the kitchen. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that lighting, refrigeration and cooking account for approximately 41.5 percent of a home’s energy consumption. According to Mr. Appliance, utilizing appliances with the Energy Star labels will increase energy efficiency by a minimum of 20 percent.
Let There Be Light
The average home uses approximately 25 percent of their budget on electric lighting. Mr. Electric suggests making the switch to more energy efficient lighting, which include both light emitting diode (LED) and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. The CFL bulb is approximately four times more efficient and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. The LED bulb is even more efficient, lasting up to 10 times longer than a CFL. Both bulbs utilize a fraction of the electricity used by regular incandescent bulbs, saving energy and money.
Plant the Future
The average tree can produce enough oxygen in one year to keep an entire family of four breathing during that timeframe. The Grounds Guys advocate celebrating Earth Day 2013 by planting a tree or home garden. Not only will the location be more welcoming, but property value will increase.
Money Down the Drain
The bathroom, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, is the largest water waster in the home. An unnoticed or unresolved drip could waste hundreds of gallons of water – up to 20 gallons a day. In addition, a leak in the toilet often goes undetected and could lead to wasted water and high water bills. Mr. Rooter offers a quick tactic to check for leaking toilets. Simply place six drops of food coloring in the toilet tank at the back of the toilet. If the water in the bowl changes color without flushing, a toilet repair could be in order. Water conservation not only saves a precious natural resource, but helps keep your utility bill down.