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Your go to guide to "Shop Green"

So they say to "Shop Green", but what exactly does that mean?

Your home uses energy all day every day, whether it is being used for heating the home in the winter or keeping it cool in the summer. Using large amounts of energy can become more expensive over time, but by "shopping green" a homeowner can save money and electricity, while also making a positive contribution to the environment. Shopping green means to purchase products that will help conserve the energy that is needed in the home; this means making simple changes in the home that will be better for the environment. These simple improvements can be made in areas of the home such as lighting, appliances, and hot water usage. Investing in energy efficiency for a home may add cost to the initial remodel, but "shopping green" can save money and energy in the long run.

Bosch GWH-425-HN-N Tankless Water Heater, Indoor UseShopping green can be made easier by choosing appliances for a home that have the energy star label, or the energy guide label. This label is given to products that are designed to conserve energy. These labels will however not be present on some home necessities such as water heaters, ranges, and ovens. In these cases it is important for the home owner to do some research of their own to find which product offers them the most energy savings.

Buying energy efficient appliances not only saves energy, it also helps to reduce monthly bills. According to the United States Department of Energy "water heating can account for 14%-25% of the energy consumed in your home". The best strategy for improving efficiency and saving energy in the realm of water heating is to replace a current water heater with one that is more energy efficient. The Tankless Water Heater Buying Guide can be a valuable source for consumers that are not familiar with purchasing an energy efficient water heater.

Panasonic FV-11VHL1 WhisperWarm Ceiling Mounted Fan/Heat/Light Fan - Fan/Heat/Light/Night-Light CombinationOver the years, ventilation in the home has become an important aspect of energy efficiency. Builders do their part to build homes that are more energy efficient by making the home more airtight, thus cutting down on the need for the use of air conditioning and heating. Pollutants can build up in the home, requiring the use of ceiling ventilation fans. Panasonic stresses "a ‘build tight and ventilate right’ stand, signifying that Panasonic ventilation fans are built with both energy efficiency and proper ventilation in mind. Choosing the right ceiling fan for energy efficiency can be made easier by looking for the energy star seal.

When deciding on the lighting that should be installed in an energy efficient home, a few simple decisions can produce a great amount of energy savings. For instance, task lighting can be installed in the home. This type of lighting uses different connections so that each light has a separate control, which can save energy by using only the necessary lighting for each specific task. Another lighting improvement that can be made is to install fluorescent lamps. These lights last 10 times as long as traditional bulbs, according to the United States Department of Energy. In addition, solar lights can be installed in areas where low impact lighting is needed. Saving energy through efficient lighting is a great way to "shop green".

The task of going green can be made easier by implementing some of these simple improvements throughout the home. A mere evaluation of manufacturer specifications can lead to more energy efficient purchases by consumers. Several companies are working to manufacture products that will reduce energy use. Familiar names such as American Standard, Delta, and Sloan are all doing their part to create more energy efficient products. American Standard has developed the FloWise® high-efficiency toilet. This product uses 20% less water than the Environmental Protection Agency requires without the need for a dual-flush mechanism, which is required for other 1.28 GPF toilets. Delta has developed a Water-Efficient Showerhead which uses H2Okinetic Technology® to provide the same shower experience while using less water. Lastly, Sloan offers water conserving Flushometers, such as the Optima line.

Whether conserving water, energy, heat, or electricity, Government agencies and manufacturers alike are developing methods for consumers to easily find and purchase products that will contribute to improving the environment and reducing the cost of using these products. Consumers should look for energy saver labels as well as descriptions in the product when making the decision to invest in energy saving items. If you are in the process of remodeling your home, it may be wise to conduct a home energy audit before the products are purchased for the remodel. Home energy audits can be done on your own or through the aid of a professional. Conducting an audit can help homeowners to prioritize which products will enable the most savings through energy efficiency. Go green and become part of the answer to saving energy as well as the environment!

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