Edmonton Fully Certified Green Screened Plumbing and HVAC Services
WeatherMakers Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing has made a commitment to embrace the Green Movement. Our goal is to improve energy efficiency at work and in the field.
The Green Screened mark is bestowed upon HVAC and plumbing contractors that embrace this specific challenge. With today’s buildings consuming 24% of the total energy in this nation, they understand the significant role they play in the world’s future. Green Screened HVAC and plumbing contractors make a commitment to embrace the “green” movement by:
- Educating people about the environmental and savings benefits of having “green,” energy-efficient HVAC and plumbing systems.
- Offering homeowners knowledge, products, and services that improve the indoor air quality and energy efficiency of your home.
- Taking an active role in preserving the environment through recycling, reusing, and conserving products and supplies both in the office and field.
GREEN HEATING & COOLING
When it comes to energy efficiency, we can do our best to educate homeowners and businesses on the environmental benefits of having efficient units, it’s another entirely to take the extra steps in installation and maintenance that return a green energy bill.
Energy Efficient Models
While we’ll also work to keep installations and repairs within your budget, we’ll try and find an effective long-term solution that will save you on energy costs over time. Using an energy efficient furnace or air conditioner meets our desire for a green Earth and helps you out on your monthly heating and cooling bill.
When we talk about efficiency for heating and cooling, we aren’t talking about how the number of BTUs used by your furnace, we’re talking about how effective your system is at controlling the temperature in your home. We check to make sure the unit is sized correctly for your home. When you have a unit of the wrong size it will either run without stopping, or cycle on-and-off continually. Both states waste a great deal of energy and will cost you in the long run. Making sure you have the right system for your home ensures that you aren’t wasting energy needlessly.
We’ll also examine your ventilation. Leaks, obstructions, and clogged airways all reduce the efficiency of your system. As air flow is impeded (either lost through leaks or blocked by clogged vents), your HVAC system has to work harder to regulate the temperature of your home. A simple cleaning and repair is the easiest way to improve the efficiency of an older unit without replacing it. It’s a cost-effective method that helps everyone out in the end.
Maintaining an energy conservation outlook in life has always been the most effective method of staying green. Energy efficient HVAC units that are well maintained and operating properly still require a great deal of energy. The best advice we have for staying green, year round, is a variant of “turn off the lights when you leave the room.” Dial back the heat a little during the winter. A couple degrees of difference in the thermostat can be a great deal of energy saved each month. A sweater is a small price to pay for the savings. You can also raise the humidity slightly (45% is usually the most comfortable level). Higher humidity in the air will prevent dry skin and makes the room feel warmer.
Water conservation has become important for all regions of the world, even in areas that may seem to have an abundance of water. Saving water is good for the environment, good for your home and good for your wallet. It prevents water pollution in nearby lakes and rivers and can add years onto your septic system. There are many easy, effective ways to cut down on water usage without having to change your lifestyle. Let’s take a look at these five tips for conserving water.
Check for Household Leaks
Just one small drip from a water faucet can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks waste even more. Check all pipes and faucets for leaks. Also, check your toilet. Add a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If it leaks into the toilet bowl in 30 minutes or less, you have a leak.
Install Low-Flow Aerators and Showerheads
Low-flow showerheads and aerators are inexpensive and easy to install. They use less than 2.5 gallons of water per minute. For added savings, follow these tips. When showering, keep your showers short with just enough time to soap up, wash and rinse. When washing dishes, fill up one sink with soap and water and the other with plain water. This avoids the need to run the water continuously.
Turn Off the Water While Brushing
There’s no need to run the water while you’re brushing your teeth. Get into the habit of turning off the faucet while brushing, and just run the water to wet the toothbrush and rinse. Teach everyone in the family to do the same.
Use the Dishwasher and Washer for Full Loads Only
Load dishwashers and washers at full capacity before running them. Many newer dishwashers recommend that you don’t pre-rinse the dishes, so save the water. Avoid the permanent press cycle on your washing machine, which uses an extra 5 gallons of water for the additional rinse. And if it’s time to update your appliances, do so. Energy efficient appliances can save 30-50% on energy consumption.
Use Only Your Garbage for Garbage
Don’t use the toilet as your garbage. Flushing away things like cigarette butts, tissues, or dust bunnies wastes five to seven gallons of water. Same goes for the garbage disposal. The more you use it, the more you have to let the water run to keep it clean. Dump waste in the garbage, or start a compost pile for scraps of food.
There are many ways to cut down on water consumption, and these are just a few ideas to get you started. Be mindful about the water you use and set a good example for others in the home. Before long, conserving water will become a way of life, not something you have to think about.
Call the Green Screened plumbing and HVAC professionals at WeatherMakers to get an environmentally conscious company dedicated to saving you water, energy, and money!