Think Green Midwest LLC
Why we do it...

An energy efficient home not only lowers utility bills, but it also leads the way to a more sustainable livelihood. It is economically and environmentally beneficial. It also, just makes your home more comfortable to live in. 

Four specific advantages are: 

 1 Lower Utility Bills

One reason for high energy bills is an increase in the price of electricity or heat-ing fuel. However, it is common to trace high energy bills to an inefficient component (windows, heating and cooling
equipment, ducts insulation) of your home or a failure of one of these components to perform as intended. It is not always easy to pin-point the problem, but fixing it can make your home more energy- efficient and comfortable. A RESNET and BPI Certified home energy professional is trained to pinpoint the areas of your home where energy is being wasted and used inefficiently. More importantly, the report will prioritize cost-effective improvement opportunities that will pay financial dividends every time your utility bill arrives.
2 A Comfortable Home

Cold air leaking into your house around windows, doors, electrical outlets, light fixtures, and gaps in corners, can cause rooms to feel drafty and uncomfortable. As cold air is coming in through leaks, warm air is escaping through other leaks. The biggest leaks for escaping air are often found in the attic, and recessed lights are a common location. Temperature differences of up to three degrees from room to room are not uncommon, but often one or several rooms are uncomfortably warm or cold. This condition could be caused by several factors within your home including inadequate insulation, air leakage, poor duct system design, duct leakage, unwanted heating by the sun in warmer months, or a failure in part of your heating and cooling system.When you implement home improvements recommended by a RESNET and BPI Certified professional, you will literally feel the difference. Air sealing the building shell, sealing leaky air handler ducts, adding insulation, or replacing that old furnace or air conditioner will make your home a more pleasant place to be.

3 Water Conservation

Water is essential to life on earth. We need water to grow food, keep clean, provide power, control fire, and last but not least, we need it to stay alive! If water is constantly being cleaned and recycled through the earth’s water cycle, why do we need to conserve it? The answer is that people use up our planet’s fresh water faster than it can naturally be replenished. 

+ Make sure none of your faucets drip. 1 drip per second can waste as much as 10 gallons of water a day.
Make sure all clothes are washed in full loads.
For washing dishes, fill both sides of the sink with water and turn off the faucet. Using one side for soapy water to wash dishes, and the other to rinse them. Also, wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan instead of running the faucet.
Only have water running when you need it while brushing your teeth, shaving, and washing your hands.
Shortening your shower by a minute or two can save up to 150 gallons per month.

4 Improved Indoor Air Quality

Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants. Poor air quality not only makes a home less comfortable, it may even affect your family's health. We are able to identify the sources of an unhealthy indoor environment, such as mold, dust, radon, carbon monoxide, and stale air

What type of organization would we be if we didn't at least leave you with some energy saving tips? Below are a few of our favorites, but if you would like to see more follow us on Facebook or Twitter

Unplug your small appliances and other chargeable devices when you are not using them. Although you are not using them and they may be off, they are still using electricity. It is called a phantom load, or vampire power. Some have estimated that these can contribute to up to 10 percent of your monthly electric bill! So unplug and keep the phantoms away to save electricity!

Do you have a sliding glass door? If so, make sure to keep its track clean. A dirty track can ruin the door's seal and create gaps where heat or cold air can escape. Escaping air means higher heating and cooling costs. This also goes for your windows! 

Ever get frustrated because you can't get to something in your fridge? Well, here is a tip that may ease your mind when that happens. The more packed your fridge is, the more efficiently it runs. More food equals more energy savings! So stock up!

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