The federal government is pushing its green, energy saving initiatives. They’re trying to reduce our impact on the earth, and they’re trying to reduce your utility bills!

Thankfully, conserving energy doesn’t have to be a difficult process. You can begin living a “greener” lifestyle by just making a few small changes.

For example, here are a few tips on how you can help the environment and your wallet:

Tip: Change your heating and air conditioning system’s filters regularly! A dirty filter will slow air flow and make your system work harder to keep you warm or cool, which wastes energy.

Tip: Seal your home! Air filtration is a major source of energy loss. Caulk or weather strip around doors and windows. Large amounts of conditioned air will escape from these seemingly small openings.

Tip: Keep your air registers open! Make sure all of your registers are clearly open, so that conditioned air can reach all segments of your home. Also, make sure that furniture is not positioned over any registers, which would reduce airflow.

Tip: Remember how the sun can help or hurt you! In the summer, keep your shades down; the sun can drastically increase the temperature. In the winter, keep your shades open. The sun can raise the temperature of your home without your furnace needing to run quite as often.

Tip: Open a window! During times of the year where the weather may be hot during the day, but cool during the evening, shut off your air conditioner after the sun goes down.

Tip: Install ceiling fans! Ceiling fans can make a room feel much cooler without using nearly as much electricity. This allows you to keep your thermostat a little higher in the summer. During the winter, you can reverse your ceiling fan, which will push the warm air back down.

Tip: Use window fans in the summer! They can be a great compliment to ceiling fans. Window fans are best used when facing away from the wind and exhausting hot air from your home.

Tip: Landscape your home based upon your environment! If you live in a warm climate, you might consider planting trees or shrubs near your house. They provide shade for your home and reduce the sun’s impact. In colder climates, consider planting trees or building a fence that might help block the wind from infiltrating your home. If the wind is cold enough, it too could cause your house temperature to further drop.

These tips will help reduce the amount of energy your home uses. However, if you’re serious about becoming environmentally responsible, call Centennial Roofing at 972-223-1765. We can show you some significant improvements that can be made to your roof to increase your home’s overall energy efficiency, which will help the environment and reduce your utility bills!

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