Green Solutions for Your Winter Home

If saving energy and “going green” were among your New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone. As technology advances and prices come down, more and more people are finding ways to save money and help the environment at the same time.

Here are some of the ways they’re doing it.

High-Efficiency Lighting (LED)

Thomas Edison brought electric lighting to the masses in the 19th century. While they revolutionized indoor lighting, his incandescent bulbs only converted about 10% of the electrical energy to light—the rest was given off as heat. Fluorescent bulbs evolved in the late 20th century to allow their much greater efficiency into everyday use in the form of compact fluorescent bulbs. But their light quality could be lacking and many people found their need to warm up annoying.

Enter the 21st century solution to super-efficient, high-quality, instantly-on lighting—the light-emitting diode, or LED as it’s commonly known. Originally found on electronic control panels and low-output accessories, today LED technology has evolved to the point that LED lighting is practical for illuminating entire rooms. Expensive alternatives at first, LED bulbs have come down in price dramatically, and they last almost forever.

“Smart” Home Management

Programmable thermostats and remote-control lighting came into their own in the 20th century, but widespread cellular and Wi-Fi networks have made today’s homes downright futuristic. Now you can control everything from your lights and heat to security and irrigation right from your smartphone—from half a world away, if necessary. “Smart” thermostats can be programmed to your family’s habits, and even learn them on their own if you’re too busy to do it yourself.

Natural Heating and Cooling

Advances in both solar and geothermal technology have made getting natural power and climate control more practical and affordable to a much wider variety of homes and businesses. Builders are incorporating energy-saving features into new construction, both residential and commercial, with many structures achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Advanced Recycling

Setting out paper, cans, and bottles for recycling is deeply ingrained in today’s American psyche, but modern recycling goes much farther. Yard waste, sewage, and manufacturing byproducts are being converted into fuel and other energy-saving uses, and more innovative uses are being found every year.

Energy-Saving Appliances

It’s nearly impossible to find a refrigerator, washer, or dryer for sale today that doesn’t carry an Energy Star certification form the EPA. Replacing older appliances and fixtures with high-efficiency models is saving huge amounts of energy and water and is one of the most popular upgrades among homeowners today.

These are just some of the ways homeowners and businesses are finding green solutions. The pros at Allstar Electrical Services are constantly monitoring the latest energy-saving innovations and bringing them to their residential and commercial customers.

If a greener home or business is on your resolutions list for 2016, Allstar Electrical is ready to help. Winter is the ideal time to bring energy savings into the picture. Let the pros at Allstar Electrical Services show you the many ways LED lighting and other energy-saving technologies can be integrated into your home or business.

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