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When it starts to get hot outside, you may be tempted to crank your air conditioner way up. However, as a huge energy suck, this is not an environmentally-friendly choice, and it can do a number on your wallet. To reduce pollution, and save a bit of dough, try these tips for staying cool in an ecological manner.
Use LED Light Bulbs
LED bulbs use only a fraction of the energy that incandescent bulbs do to give off the same amount of light. They also give off up to 90% less heat, cutting down on home cooling costs. Changing all your bulbs to LED is one quick way to also cut down your carbon footprint as well.
Bring on the Plants
Houseplants are not only attractive and a great addition to a lively home aesthetic. They actually can regulate the temperature of your home! Since they release moisture into the air, they are capable of cooling a space down by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Some plants, like the golden pothos, ZZ plant, spider plant, and snake plant, may even produce better results than others.
Insulate your Home Thoroughly
Homes typically leak air in spots that you wouldn’t otherwise consider. You can prevent this cooler air from escaping by adding insulation and sealing any leaks that you find. This will also keep warm air inside during the cooler months.
Save while on Vacation
If you plan on going away for a few days, set your thermostat to a higher setting, and turn down the temperature on your water heater. Also, close your blinds and drapes while you are gone to cool your home and prevent your cooling system from overtaxing itself unnecessarily.
Change your Air Conditioner’s Filter
Dirty filters can slow down the flow of air coming from your system and cause it to work harder to present the same results. Companies like Environmental Air Systems Inc recommend that you change your air conditioner filter at least once every 3 months for the best results.
In conclusion, there are many ways that you can remain cool and comfortable without using your air conditioner constantly. Air conditioners have been known to omit chemicals that are damaging to the environment and they may be partially responsible for negative climate changes. Using these ideas will allow you to be more ecologically responsible while saving money at the same time.