What can you do, at home, to reduce air pollution and keep more of your cash in your pocket?
The choices you make at home do affect the amount of air pollution.
Here are some ideas for your use:
Use compact fluorscent lights and other energy efficient appliances.
Turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room, or use motion detectors.
Use the microwave to cook small meals. (It uses less energy than an oven.)
Plant deciduous trees on the south and west sides of your home. They provide cooling shade in the summer and allow warming sun light in after the leaves fall. Plant evergreen trees to act as a wind break to the north of your house. Trees capture carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen for us to breathe.
Recycle paper, plastic, glass bottles, cardboard and aluminum cans. (This conserves energy and reduces production emissions because less energy is needed to remake these products than to make them from the basic raw materials.)
Reuse materials like paper bags, bottles, jars and boxes whenever you can.
Keep stoves and fireplaces well maintained. Make sure that the damper is closed when not in use.
Have leaky air conditioning and refrigeration systems repaired. Keeping the refrigerant topped up keeps the cooling efficiency as high as it can be. Leaks waste expensive resources.
Cut back on air conditioning and heating use if you can. They use no energy money when they are turned off.
Turn thermostat down in the winter and up in the summer.
On a cold winter day, have your home insulation checked by infrared camera. It may cost you but you will be amazed at what you will find out. Some utility companies will do this service for you.
Have your air conditioning systems checked in the early spring and heating systems checked in the early fall. Do it early to avoid the rush when others are having breakdowns.
Use good quality air filters for healthy and efficient airflow.
These tips can save money by reducing your energy use and preventing expensive repairs down the road. The less energy you use the less your energy provider will pollute the air.
If you enjoyed this post, then make sure you subscribe to my RSS Feed or the ENERGY BOOMER by email.