Heating

9 ways to Green Your Heating

To tweak the old Benjamin Franklin adage: "In this world nothing is certain but death, taxes, and skyrocketing heating bills." To help you minimize the bills while reducing your carbon footprint, GreenYour has a few suggestions ranging from simple (use a programmable thermostat) to advanced (heat with biodiesel).

  1. Assess your heating system

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    Should you replace your old furnace or boiler or do an upgrade? It depends on its age, condition, and efficiency.

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  2. Buy an EPA-certified woodstove

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    Did you know that heating with sustainably harvested wood in an EPA-certified stove is carbon neutral? Used properly, wood is a renewable fuel that's less polluting—and cheaper—than fossil fuels.

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  3. Choose the right type of central heating

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    Don't know the difference between a furnace and a boiler? Learn about these and other types of central heating options and which is right for you and the environment.

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  4. Improve the performance of your heating system

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    Just like your car, your furnace or boiler needs a regular tune up. Ask your service person to run these efficiency tests, while taking other energy-saving measures yourself.

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  5. Choose the right home heating fuel

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    Which fuel is best for your home? Compare traditional and new eco-friendly home heating fuel options: the choices may surprise you.

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  6. Heat with biodiesel

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    Did you know that you can heat your home with a combination of regular home heating oil and biodiesel—without replacing your current oil-based heating system?

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  7. Use passive solar

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    Your home may be using passive solar without you knowing it! Sunlight is free fuel—integrate passive solar features into your new home or home remodel.

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  8. Install a programmable thermostat

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    A programmable thermostat saves energy: Program it to lower the temperature when you go to work, raise it 20 minutes before you get home, and lower it again before you go to bed.

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  9. Install a heat pump

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    A heat pump combines an energy-efficient central air conditioner and a furnace. While usually used in warmer climates, heat pumps suitable for colder climates are becoming increasingly available.

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