Hickory is a beautiful place around this time of year. Summer in our area brings cookouts, pool days and tall, cold glasses of sweet tea. As we appreciate the way of life we enjoy in our community today, it’s important to take steps to preserve it for future generations. At Canella Heating & Air Conditioning, we believe that local homeowners play a crucial role in energy conservation. Here are three things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint this summer.
Eat local in Hickory, NC
Locally grown food requires the use of less fossil fuels in the form of gasoline and fertilizers. Therefore, eating local is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. And with all the great food we have to offer, why not try local? In addition to being greener, you’ll be supporting our local economy. Not sure where to start? Check out the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market! Our farmers market offers the best produce, meats and cheeses that the Catawba Valley has to offer. Enjoy the local fares at your next backyard barbecue for a delicious way to reduce your environmental impact.
Replace your lightbulbs
Take a look at the lamps and light fixtures around your home. If most of them are using traditional, incandescent light bulbs, then it’s time to make a change. Instead of using the same old light bulbs, upgrade to CFLs. CFLs provide brighter light while using less energy, saving you money and decreasing your carbon footprint. Also, make it a habit to turn off the light once you leave a room. Turning off the lights uses less electricity, resulting in lower energy bills this summer.
Reduce your carbon footprint with a programmable thermostat
Traditional thermostats offer few good options for staying cool in the summer. Leave the temperature on a low setting all day, and you’ll be wasting energy when the house is empty. Turn the heat up during the day, and you’ll come home from a hot commute to an even hotter house! But fear not, programmable thermostats offer convenient cooling options for summer. Set your programmable thermostat to run warmer during the day, then cool down thirty minutes before you get home. You’ll walk into a cooler house each day while using less energy, reducing your carbon footprint.
Canella Heating and Air Conditioning is committed to providing clean and energy efficient HVAC options to the Catawba valley. Call us today to see how we can help you conserve energy with your cooling equipment!