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Inexpensive Ways to Go Energy Efficient Green this St. Patty’s Day

March is definitely the month for green.  Despite the fact we may not be seeing too much green on the ground or in the trees yet, we can spot shamrocks, leprechauns, and even green colored milkshakes all around as many of us get in the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day.  As we move into spring, March is also a time to think about another way of going “green.”  It is a time to think about saving money and becoming more energy efficient.  There are a variety of ways that you can improve upon your home’s energy efficiency, and some are more expensive than others.  The next two blog posts are going to be dedicated to helping your home become a little bit more “green” this month.  To start off,  here is a list of a couple inexpensive ideas to increase the energy efficiency of your home.

Work with your thermostat. Use your thermostat to help you save money by changing its setting throughout the day.  Is everyone gone during the day?  Turn the temperature down!  Can you all sleep with an extra blanket at night?  Turn the temperature down again!  You can do this manually, but you can also go a step further and invest in a programmable thermostat that will do this automatically for you, once you program its settings.

Replace or clean the furnace filter. Most likely your furnace has been working hard this winter.  As it’s blowing out warm air, the furnace filter traps things like dust that you don’t want blowing around your home.  However, the more clogged it gets, the harder your furnace has to work to push out that air.  Give it a good clean, or replace it, in order to go green.

Clear the way of the vents. Vents or registers can be an eyesore in a home, but it is important that they are not blocked by furniture.  Why?  Because just like in the case of a dirty filter, if the vent is blocked, the furnace will have to work even harder to heat your home.

So while we sip on green milkshakes and decorate our homes with shamrocks, also try thinking about making your home a little “greener” by increasing its efficiency.  For more information, contact FLAME!

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