Spring Greening Can Reduce Your Energy Use, Lower Your Carbon Footprint & Save You Cash
April 06, 2015
Spring is here for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and for millions of people that means it’s time to pick up the dusters and scrub brushes for our annual deep clean.
But what if adding a green twist to spring cleaning – call it ‘Spring Greening’ – could save you hundreds of dollars? We’ve developed a step-by-step guide on how to “Spring Green” your home in eco-friendly and energy-efficient ways that will help save the Earth – and some cash.
Spring means trees and flowers are blooming, and it means the beginning of pollen season, a.k.a. allergy season, for more than 35 million sniffling and sneezing Americans.
Air purifiers can capture 99.97 percent of allergens as small as 0.3 microns from the air that passes through the filters, circulating fresh air in a room several times an hour.
Smarter Devices = A Greener Mind
Why pay to heat or cool your home when you’re not there?
Smart Wi-Fi-programmable thermostatsoffer comfort, convenience and energy savings for homeowners without having to change their daily routine. "No learning” necessary smart thermostats like the Honeywell Lyric use geo-fencing technology to automatically manage the temperature range and save money without you having to lift a finger.
Greener Devices = A Greener Wallet
Greening your home can also be as simple as swapping out old household items with energy-efficient alternatives that can save you two to three times the amount of electricity. Here are some household objects that are currently draining your wallet:
- Not All Light Bulbs are Created Equal: Energy-efficient bulbs use one-quarter of the energy and last seven to ten times longer. In fact, according to EPA Energy Star, if every American home replaced just one standard light bulb with an energy-efficient bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes, retain more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.
- “Low-flow” is the Way to Go: Swapping your existing showerhead for a water-saving model not only helps to conserve water for future generations, but it can also save you money on your water and energy bills each month. A conventional showerheads uses around 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm), while a low-flow shower head uses about 2 gpm. Switching to a water-saving 2.0 gpm showerhead could save the average family of four allow about 2,900 gallons of water each year. It can also reduce the energy pull from your hot water heater, lowering your monthly power bill.
- Become Cooler with Fans and Shades: To avoid high air conditioning bills, turn to ceiling fans or even window shades to experience the same amount of cool with a nice breeze. For example, a window AC unit typically runs at a rate of 14 cents per hour and a three-ton central AC unit runs at about 36 cents per hour, but a good ceiling fan draws only 30 watts, which the equivalent of just one cent an hour!
These are just a few examples that will help you improve your efficiency, reduce your footprint and save costs while you are spring cleaning. You can learn more about Honeywell's energy efficient solutions for your home and get more tips on "spring greening" at our Smart House Safe Home website.