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Indoor Home Health

Indoor home health and energy efficiency appliances

Can the health of your home affect your financial and physical health? Yes! Not only can an unhealthy home wreak havoc on your wallet but also, an outdated residence with poor indoor air quality can trigger coughing, sore throat, and shortness of breathe.  Scary to think when we spend a better portion of our time indoors! So, how can we get our indoor home health on the right track? First, by understanding the benefits of a healthy residence and second, performing a home energy assessment.

Physical and Financial Benefits of a Healthy Home:

Poor indoor air quality can leave our home far from a sanctuary.  According to E. Neil Schacter, MD, the medical director of respiratory care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, “If you live in a home with chronically poor air quality, you can experience frequent headaches, long lasting colds, and bronchitis as well as chronic asthma.”[1]  Optimizing your home’s air quality can minimize pesky headaches and other related ailments. By making a few adjustments via air sealing, furnace replacement or ventilation improvements, your home and more importantly, you will be healthier.

Indoor home health is becoming more of a necessityNot only can poor indoor home health affect you physically but also, it can have a lasting impact on your wallet! Tired of opening your energy bill each month and seeing a big payment? Implementing energy saving technology or an indoor health plan can lower your monthly bill!  Better insulation or appliance replacement reduces energy consumption and in turn, saves you money!

For homes that have the option of solar, the long-lasting financial benefits far exceed the initial cost.  By using the natural heat from our California sun, solar lowers the cost to heat and cool your home.

Finally, a healthy, energy efficient home can make you money.  What better financial benefit is there than that?  Through Energy Upgrade California, homeowners can take advantage of cash rebates for energy improvements. With up to $4,000k in rebates, the program can be a financial benefit to homeowners!

Performing A Home Energy Assessment:

Take the first step to healthier home through a home energy assessment.  By taking into account a home’s outside shell and internal organs, a home energy assessment determines whether or not a home functions properly.  Depending on various factors such as year or construction material, homes may need updated in order to run efficiently and effectively.  By identifying and prioritizing changes through diagnostic testing, a home energy assessment can accomplish the goal of a healthy home and improvement of indoor health!

A healthy home can improve both your financial and physical health. Get your home’s health on the right track by performing a home energy assessment.

To schedule a home energy assessment or for more information on indoor home health visit GGR Energy at www.ggrenergy.com.

[1] Mann, Denise, For WebMD “Having a Bad Air Day? Improve Your Indoor Home Quality” Retrieved March 14, 2013.

Are You Energy Efficient?

Tightened 100 dollar roll.Lets face it, today people are becoming more aware of the fact that we consume and waste much more energy than we should. We do this in many ways that you might not expect.

For example:

  • If that tea kettle only needs enough water for one mug of coffee don’t fill it to the top causing your stove to work harder in reaching a boil.
  • If your light bulbs are not incandescent, switch them out to save money and energy.
  • In the summer months, take advantage of the weather and line dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. They will smell naturally fresh and that good old sun of ours will take the stains right out!

See this detailed energy saving list for more great ideas!

The Average Californian home consumes around 567 kw/h costing around $83.70 per month. When the weather changes, this price can go up rather fast. If you live in a home that has not been upgraded with energy efficient appliances and has not been checked for air leakage and poor insulation, your energy consumption can be way more than it should be. Here are a few questions that will help you see how energy efficient you are:

  1. Has my home been checked for air leakage around my doors, windows, and attic?
  2. Have my HVAC systems been cleaned and up to date?
  3. Are my HVAC systems and household appliances energy efficient?
  4. Is my insulation in the right place and is it the correct insulation I need for my specific home?
  5. Are my floors properly insulated?
  6. Are my lighting fixtures using Incandescent bulbs?
  7. Have I looked into solar power as a saving option?
  8. Are my windows high performance and installed correctly leaving no gaps for escaping air?
  9. Do I have a reflective coating on my roof to help the heat from the sun reflect off my home instead of being absorbed, saving me from using my AC more than needed?
  10. Do I change my AC’s air filters at least once a month to keep my unit running at its peak?

Educate yourself on how you can save energy everyday. It will undoubtably put that hard earned money back where it belongs—into your pocket.