ways to be eco-friendly at home

Many of us live a wasteful lifestyle without even knowing it! However, the key to changing this lifestyle is becoming more conscious of our habits and taking small but consistent steps to fix them. If you don’t know where to start, the pros at Freedom Air and Heat are here to offer some guidance. Below are some easy ways you can become eco-friendly at home!

1. Switch to LEDs

If you’re a user of incandescent bulbs, consider switching to LEDs! These bulbs last 25 times longer and use 75% less energy! They also don’t radiate heat, making them safer to use. Whether you’re looking for string lights, recessed lights or bulbs that operate with dimmer switches, you will find LEDs in all of those categories.

2. Fix Any Water Leaks

Faucet, showerhead or toilet leaks are not only frustrating, but they are also wasteful! According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average household’s leaks can account for up to 10,000 gallons of water lost per year. To fix this issue and prevent spikes in your water bill, inspect your plumbing fixtures for leaks and troubleshoot them promptly. Fixing some of these household leaks can save you up to 10% on your water bill.

3. Change Your Air Filter

Changing your AC’s air filter is great for your indoor air quality and your unit’s overall performance. In addition to that it can also reduce your AC’s energy consumption by 5 to 15%. Changing your air filter is one of the easiest yet most effective ways you can keep your air conditioner well-maintained, while saving energy.

4. Take Shorter Showers

Long showers or baths are relaxing but they can waste a lot of water. Try to shorten your showers to conserve water. In addition to that, try replacing your showerhead with a WaterSense labeled brand—the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that simply by replacing one showerhead you can save 2,900 gallons of water every year.

5. Change Your Thermostat Setting

According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% on cooling if you set your thermostat at 7-10 degrees higher from your usual setting for 8 hours a day. If you have a programmable thermostat, try this technique and see if there’s a difference in your heating and cooling bills!

6. Use Fans

Another way you can continue to cool your home without lowering your thermostat setting too much is by using fans. Simply setting your thermostat a few degrees higher and turning on a fan can provide you with the cooling that you need.

7. Seal Up Your Doors and Windows

Adding proper insulation and weatherstripping to your doors, windows and other fixtures in your home can save up to 20% on your energy bill. It can also prevent other things such as unhealthy indoor air quality and an AC working overtime to provide cooling.

Want more tips on how you can become eco-friendly at home? Get in touch with the pros at Freedom Air and Heat. Call us today at 321-631-6886 or schedule a service online.