In recent years, going green has been a hot topic surrounding all aspects of living, and for good reason. If you’re looking for ways to tweak your lifestyle to better serve the environment, Stafford Home Service is here to help you take steps to a greener home.
Making the switch to an electric vehicle can cost more on the initial purchase, but will save energy and money in the long run. Electric vehicles cost around one-third as much as gas-powered cars to run and don’t require as much maintenance. One significant benefit of owning an electric vehicle is having the ability to charge it at home. Stafford Home Service can install a Level 2 charging station right in your garage for convenient charging. No more trips to the gas station to realize gas prices have soared and no more producing dangerous greenhouse gas emissions! Win. Win.
Don’t heat an empty house. We can all be forgetful, so this is sometimes easier said than done. One rule to go by is to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees F when you’re home and 55 degrees F at night and when you’re away. OR you could install a programmable thermostat that learns your habits without having to worry about it. Two brands that Stafford Home Service can install are Ecobee and The Nest Learning Thermostat. These thermostats are able to adapt to your schedule, recognize the change of the seasons, and sense and regulate hot and cold spots in your home. They also connect to Wi-Fi for other convenient features.
Be conscious of turning lights off when you don’t need them. An easy way to monitor your lights at work or at home is through a Lutron Lighting Control system. It learns and adjusts to your schedule. The system also allows you to easily change the lighting environment from anywhere at the touch of a button, so if you forget to turn one off, no problem.
Take a break from the media room and get outside while you still can! Nothing beats Minnesota in the fall, so enjoy it while it lasts and save tons of energy at the same time.
Go green, literally, and increase your indoor air quality with houseplants. Often times the air quality indoors is significantly worse than the air outside. Plants like aloe, succulents, ferns, and bamboo palms can not only help create a relaxing atmosphere in your home, but also help naturally purify the air. Result: a greener home.
For more information on these services, or other green innovations Stafford Home Service can provide, contact us.