With the cold temperatures and dark days come the holidays. With the necessary present shopping and the extra money spent on energy bills, it can be difficult to find a bit of extra money for your emergency fund. More importantly, it’s easy to roll back on your desire to keep green in order to help the planet. In fact, you may not believe that it’s actually possible. Such is not the case. For those who want to protect the future of the planet, here a few ways you can go green during the winter.
1. INSTALL SOLAR PANELS
While it is typically best to install panels during the spring and summer, even in winter, there are days where the sun is out and the snow melts. You can harvest that solar energy and power your home with ease. This is a great way to cut down on electrical bills since you’re literally providing your home with your own energy. While it can be difficult to imagine that solar polar works during the winter, just because you don’t see the sun, doesn’t mean it’s not out there hiding behind the clouds. By having a professional install solar panels on your home, you can cut costs on your energy bill and keep the atmosphere just that much healthier.
2. DAYLIGHT HARVESTING
Perhaps you’ve seen streetlights that have suddenly shut off after a certain amount of light has appeared over the horizon. This daylight harvesting technology isn’t reserved just for the street. You can have it installed in your home, too. These lights are specifically designed to dim when the sun is out and bright. When they start to notice that the light is fading, however, the light burns brighter, providing you with the correct amount of light that you need. These lights shave off energy costs by turning off lights when you don’t need them. It can be easy to make the wrong decision as to if you really need a light on or not. With daylight harvesting lights, you can be sure you’re saving all the energy you can and allocating it where it actually needs to go.
3. HVAC RETROFITTING
Another aspect where you can help yourself go green is to have your HVAC unit retrofitted. This means you can control just how much you use your HVAC unit. By setting your thermostat to a certain temperature and keeping it there, your HVAC unit uses less energy than it would if you were constantly changing the temperature for when you’re outside of the home and at work as to when you’re home. In addition, having regular maintenance performed on your HVAC unit can keep it functioning efficiently. This efficiency means less energy is used. With less energy being used, you’re helping the planet receive fewer emissions from energy consumption.
4. WINTERIZE THE HOME
Energy is the biggest drain on your budget in the winter. Not to mention, it’s also a considerable force for pollution–depending on its source–for the environment. As such, reducing the amount of energy you use in your home in the winter is an excellent method for going green. One of the ways you can do this is to winterize your home. That means going through all of your windows and doors and making sure there aren’t any drafts. Tiny spaces in the windows and doors can allow warm air to leave the home and cold air to enter. As such, your heater is working overtime to keep heating a home that is letting that warm heat escape. It’s a big waste of energy and your money.
To prevent that from occurring, you can have your windows and doors have weatherstripping installed. This essentially plugs up those gaps and keeps the warm air within the home. You might also want to have your attic inspected to see if there is any damage to your roof. Heat rises and if there are holes in the roof, you can bet that heat is escaping outside. Having roof maintenance performed before winter hits is another excellent preventative measure.
To make your home green, give us a call at Mr. Sunshine’s Home Services. We can make your house green and help you to shave down that energy bill. At Mr. Sunshine’s Home Services, we want to empower you in making the transition between a polluter to a considerate preventer. The future is in our hands, and we can help you do your part. From installing solar panels to helping you retrofit that HVAC unit, whatever step you wish to take, we can help you get there. Give us a call or take a look at our website to see all of the services that we offer.