Fall is an ideal time to make small changes that add up to a cleaner environment and in many cases, lower your energy bill. Here’s how you can make your home a little greener:
• Plant some trees and shrubs. Fall is the best time to plant these, because it allows root systems to grow and establish during their dormancy. Not only that, but shrubs and trees can provide natural insulation to harsh winter weather, reducing your home’s heating needs.
• Apply environmentally-friendly fertilizer to your grass. You can buy chemical-free, all natural fall fertilizer yourself, or ask your fertilizer company for this safer, greener alternative. Helps your soil and the St. Louis water system become greener and cleaner.
• Turn your hot water heater temperature down. Just five degrees lower will provide long term savings on your gas and electric bill. You probably won’t notice the difference in temperature, and this means less energy consumed.
• Program your thermostat to your family’s routine and save energy and home heating costs. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider upgrading to a more efficient model.
• Make recycling your glassware, paper, cardboard and plastics a habit. It’s amazing how much we consume that can be reclaimed and re-purposed.
• Use Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs. CFLs use about 75% less energy and last about far longer than incandescent bulbs.
• Replace your old, inefficient home comfort system with a new high-efficiency model. You can begin saving on energy bills right away. Plus, many new systems qualify for tax rebates and incentives.
Even seemingly insignificant environmental changes can help impact the air quality in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. Like many businesses and homeowners in our city, Ricotta Heating & Air is helping to reduce the impact our company, our products and, by extension, our business customers and homeowners, are having on the environment.
-Lew of the Ricotta blog team