Good morning everyone.
With the warmer weather approaching, the time to think about a greener and energy efficient summer is upon us. That is right; it is time to find alternative ways of cooling our homes that won’t leave an insane carbon footprint on the world. So while I was reading back issues of Green Living magazine, I found an article by Mary Teresa Bitti that was published last summer entitled “Cool it : 7 ways to chill without warming the planet” that had a lot of good ideas like :
- Getting rid of the air conditioning units (or if simply cannot live without them, go for Energy Star rated ones)
- Using ceiling and floor fans that use up a fraction of the energy to run.
- Closing windows drapes and blinds during the warmer days and opening them up at night.
- Create patterns of cross-ventilation by strategically opening and closing specific windows to create “wind paths” in your home.
- Make sure your insulation in your attic and basement doesn’t have any gaps and holes so that the cool air stays inside your home.
- Add natural shade to your yard and home by planting trees or by not removing too much of the natural canopy that will provide your home with cooling shade.
All great ideas! But you are probably thinking “there are only 6 tips there!” That is because I wanted to talk more in depth about one of them that surprised me and intrigued me more than the others :
- Replace all you incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)!
Did you know that more than 90% of the electricity used to power a traditional bulb is lost through heat?
According to Natural Resources Canada, only 4 to 6 % of the energy used to power a traditional bulb goes towards producing visible light. Which means everyone of your old traditional bulbs that is glowing is not only using up a lot of energy, creating more waste buy having a shorter life span, but is also heating your home when you are desperately trying to keep it cool! CFLs produce 75% less heat when lit up.
So as an extra green step to a cooler home this summer, if you hadn’t already made the switch, replace your old traditional bulbs with CFLs.
Thank for reading!
What will you do to lower your carbon footprint this summer?