In an effort to protect the environment and make the world a cleaner, healthier place for the future, many people in the Austin and San Antonio area are “going green.”
But going green doesn’t mean you have to break the bank and buy solar panels to install across your home’s rooftop (although solar panels are growing in popularity, too). In fact, making the home more eco-friendly doesn’t have to cost a fortune at all. You’d be surprised how even the smallest changes can make a big difference. If you’ve been thinking about ways to make your home greener and help the environment, follow the suggestions outlined in our blog.
If you have any questions about how to lower energy consumption or your home’s carbon footprint, don’t hesitate to contact the HVAC professionals at Radiant Plumbing and Air We take pride in serving Central Texas homeowners with reliable and trustworthy heating, cooling, and insulation services.
Ways to Go Green at Home
Looking for more ways to go green at home? The following tips can help you turn over a new leaf this season by making your home a greener, healthier, and safer place to live:
Saving water is one of the easiest ways to become more eco-friendly. You can upgrade your bathroom and kitchen fixtures to not only conserve water but also to reduce your water and energy bills. One way to achieve this is to swap out your old showerhead and faucet for alternatives, such as low-flow fixtures. They are highly desirable options on the market that are efficient and look great.
Are any of your toilets or faucets leaking? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, about 10% of homes in the United States have leaks, which contribute to an astounding 90 gallons of water per day. An average household’s leaks can contribute to up to 10,000 gallons of lost water every year. This can become a long-term problem if not treated quickly. If you’ve noticed an unexplained spike in your monthly water bill, it could be a sign of a leak. If this is the case – or you notice a leak – make sure to contact us so the leak doesn’t last longer than it should.
Purify the Air
People spend an average of about 90% of their time indoors, where the air is two to five times more polluted, according to the EPA. Contaminated indoor air can cause health concerns for many people, especially those who suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory illnesses.
One tip to improve the quality of your home or business’ indoor air is by adding whole house air purifiers, such as HEPA filters. Whole house air purifiers connect directly to your HVAC system to provide clean air for the entire house, unlike portable air purifiers, which serves just one room or area. Air purifiers help eliminate pollutants, foul odors, pet dander, dust, and other common allergens from your home’s air supply.
Breathe new life into your home with houseplants that give off oxygen and remove toxic odors in the air. Aloe vera and chrysanthemums are great options that can help you improve the air quality in your home. Indoor plants have so many great benefits for homes. They clean the air, lower stress and anxiety levels, boost healing powers, improve your mood, and can even reduce fatigue.
Insulate and Install Attic Fans
Adding more insulation in your home is a quick, easy, and reliable solution that can make a big difference when it comes to becoming eco-friendly, saving money, and being comfortable. Studies by the EPA show that insulation mixed with a radiant barrier can help reduce cooling costs from 5 to 10% in warm climates. For insulation services, contact the HVAC professionals at Radiant Plumbing and Air today.
You may also consider adding attic fans. These fans are installed on your home’s roof and push warm air out of your attic during the summer months. This helps cool your home down, which reduces your energy bill and helps to save you money.
Install Energy-Efficient Appliances
One of the best ways to make a greener home is through the installation of energy-efficient appliances, including heating and cooling equipment and water heaters. While many eco-friendly appliances might immediately cost more to install, they’ll let you save money in the long run.
Consider installing eco-friendly appliances with an Energy Star label. Energy Star is a program run by the EPA that promotes energy efficiency. To get more information about Radiant’s energy-efficient HVAC equipment, contact us today.
Call Radiant for More Green Home Tips
Radiant Plumbing and Air is dedicated to helping you make your home more eco-friendly and comfortable, while saving money. We offer insulation services to reduce the cost of energy bills and maximize your home’s comfort! We also install eco-friendly and energy-efficient HVAC equipment to help residents across Central Texas use less energy in their homes. To get more information on the services and environmentally-friendly products that we provide, give us a call at 833-656-4056, or click Schedule Now to book an appointment.