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4 Tips to Building a Green Home

green homeThere are many ways that a homeowner can lower energy usage as a way to help the environment, but building a green home is a bit more involved. There are four basic topics you must tackle – energy source, energy control, clean air, and water usage – and we’ve complied one tip for each to get you started.

Harness Solar or Geothermal Power

Most homes continue to use traditional sources of energy, but many are beginning to upgrade to the use of alternative sources such as solar or geothermal power. As a homeowner, you can save money with these options while also helping the environment.

Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

Going green often comes down to maintaining control over the heating and cooling of your home. If you’re still using a manual thermostat, you should definitely upgrade to a programmable model, which will allow you to set the exact times each day of when the system will be in operation. And with advanced models, you can change these settings through wi-fi, receive usage reports, obtain weather info, and much more.

Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Not only does an increase in carbon monoxide often indicate a malfunctioning heating system that will often be draining a high level of energy, this “silent killer” can be harmful or fatal to your household. To keep your air clear of high levels of carbon monoxide, install a detector and test it on a regular basis. And at the first indication of a problem, get your equipment repaired or replaced.

Switch to a Low-Flow Toilet

Water conservation is an essential part of going green for both residential and commercial properties. This is why so many homeowners and business owners have been switching to low-flow toilets in recent years. These toilets use only a fraction of water as their traditional counterparts, resulting in savings of both water and money every month.

If you’d like to know more about building a green home, the professionals at Beyer Boys can definitely help. We’ve been serving the residential and commerical HVAC needs of San Antonio and the surroundings areas since 1990.