Go Green! Energy-Efficient Kitchen Tips

St. Patrick’s Day is here and everybody seems to be going green — well, drinking green beer and wearing green clothing at least. We’re talking about a different kind of “green.” By turning your kitchen green, you can save money and feel better about lessening your impact on the environment.

Green Kitchen, Energy-Efficient Home

Besides using less paper and water, here is a list of ways you can put your kitchen in the St. Patty’s Day spirit.

10 Ways to Create a Green Kitchen:

  • Use a dishwasher to wash your dishes, if you have one — they use less water than hand-washing (provided the dishwasher is full and on its most efficient setting).
  • Use cloth towels instead of paper towels to clean up messes. You’ll use less water and save money too!
  • Consider composting you food scraps in a bin near your sink. Compost makes great, free fertilizer for your plants. You can compost nearly all of your left-overs including, egg shells, coffee grounds, fruits, vegetables, and much more. Just remember to never compost meat.
  • Consider replacing innefficient kitchen appliances with new, energy-efficient ones.
  • Install foam insulation gaskets behind your electrical outlets.
  • Use energy-efficient lighting options such as CFLs and LEDs.
  • Instead of opening your oven, use your oven light to check up on your cooking.
  • Keep the fridge and freezer full — less cold air will escape when you open the door.
  • Set your fridge to 36-39 degrees F and your freezer to 0-5 degrees F.
  • Use your microwave when you can. Your oven and stove consume quite a bit more energy.

Everyone at Larry & Sons wishes you a happy and “green” St. Patrick’s Day! To learn more about how to make your home more energy efficient, don’t hesitate to call Larry & Sons home experts at 301-733-5428.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to schedule your annual air conditioning tune-up before the cooling season hits full force. An green, energy-efficient home starts with your HVAC system.

With our maintenance plan, we’ll remind you of your annual tune-up, provide 15% off all repairs, and much more!

To learn about all the areas in your home where you could be saving, schedule a professional home energy audit in Maryland with Larry & Sons  — 301-733-5428.

We service Hagerstown, Frederick, and the surrounding Maryland areas. We also service parts ofWest Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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Why You Should Get a Hagerstown Home Energy Audit

Call Larry & Sons for a home energy audit before you consider installing a high-efficiency heating system in your Hagerstown home. Many homeowners who want to upgrade their furnace or heat pump system forget that there may need to be other improvements before the upgrade so that they can get the most out of the system.

Call us if you would like us to explain what an energy audit entails. Meanwhile, here are some things to keep in mind as you decide whether or not an upgrade to a new heater is the priority for your home.

The main benefit of a home energy audit is that it will let you know whether or not your home needs more insulation or sealing before upgrading your heating system. Installing an Energy Star heater in a poorly-insulated home will not be worth your investment since you stand to lose most of the savings through cracks or lack of insulation.

A comprehensive home energy audit can pinpoint areas that need improvement by using a blower door test and other methods. Once you locate these areas, you can prioritize your upgrades. This will help you decide whether it’s time to upgrade that old furnace or install new double-paned windows and storm doors. Don’t forget that any type of improvement like this will increase the value of your home. Improving overall home efficiency can also reduce your heating bills, which will add up over time.

A home energy audit will also include testing the efficiency of your heating system to ensure that it is running at optimal performance levels.

Our energy audits can help address the following issues:

  • Poor insulation
  • Leaky ductwork
  • Inefficient heating system
  • Drafty areas or cold spots
  • Need for better ventilation
  • Moisture control issues

If you are interested in a home energy audit in Hagerstown, call Larry & Sons. We can schedule an appointment with you at your earliest convenience. Start saving energy and money today with one our comprehensive heating services.

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