The World is Changing, Are You Changing With It?

News  The World is Changing, Are You Changing With It?

Oct 15, 2020

Energy Conservation on a global scale (and at home) may be the best way to help save our planet.

The world as we know it is changing. From the cities that are being constructed around the globe, to the wildlife we see in the wilderness. Some of this change has been beneficial. The growth of communities, families and areas in which we reside. However, there are other parts of this changing world that have become harmful to the very resources we depend on to survive. Science already tells us climate change is real. The steady warming of our planet has caused polar icecaps to melt and wildlife refuges to shrink. But scientists say that doesn’t mean our planet has reached the brink of irreversible damage just yet. There are things you can do right now though that will help with energy conservation and the first deals with our planet as a whole.

According to an article by the ‘Better Home Heat Council from 2015, America uses around 25 percent of global energy supplies. Based on the United States' population, that’s a large amount compared to other countries. The article goes on to say there are seven factors that can help reduce that global energy number and minimize our carbon footprint:

  1. Reducing Living Expenses – Consuming less fuel and electricity from appliances, cars and devices.
  2. Environmental Protections – Decreasing direct air pollution and conserving wildlife spaces.
  3. Closing Power Plants – Conserving electricity by shutting down some power plants using an abundance of man-made energy.
  4. Promoting Health – Enough pollution can cause a wide range of medical issues for those exposed or at high risk.  
  5. Less Dependence – Lowering dependence on artificial resources and relying on natural energy.
  6. Non-Sustainable Resources – using less resources that can’t replenish themselves (coal and oil for example).
  7. Positive Impacts – Small efforts from everyone at home can lead to large positive environmental impacts globally.  

*Find the full read out of the above list here.*

The ‘Better Home Heat Council’ also provides tips on how small efforts at home can help homeowners recognize any energy loss. A recent article by the council from October, 2020 lays out some helpful tips for homeowners to identify these energy losses and how to correct them.

  •   High Gas & Electric Bills

Unmonitored appliances, electrical devices inefficient lighting and outdated furnaces are some things that can increase energy consumption in the home. Unplugging any devices not in use and setting a consistent thermostat temperature can help decrease consumption.

  •  Health Related Respiratory Issues

Any indoor irritants such as mold, dust or pet dander can be a direct result of unkept air filters. Consistently replacing your furnace/AC filters can prevent bad air quality issues and increase efficiency with your HVAC system.

  • Cold & Drafty Floors/Rooms During Winter

Air leaks throughout the home could be a result of heat escaping, creating noticeable drafts. Cold floors could also be a sign of poor insulation. Doing a maintenance check on your home during the summer for these issues will prepare you for the winter months and keep your heat where you need it most...inside.

*For a full list of tips click here*

Energy conservation isn’t an overnight fix. But doing small things to conserve energy in your home can help reduce America’s (and the world’s) global carbon footprint. Choosing not to act now may not show results in our lifetime but it will leave more problems for those in the next. For more information on what you can do to help conserve energy in your home, consult an HVAC or energy expert to learn more.

It may be the time for you start looking at your HVAC System in your home.  If your looking for solutions on how to get a more efficient furnace, air conditioning unit, or simply looking for a total system that can change your bottom line, now is the time to get started.

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