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Green Tips – Air Conditioning Systems – Air Conditioning Repair and HVAC Contractors Tampa, FL

Welcome to the online home of BA Green, Bay Area Heating and Cooling’s VP of green initiatives and ambassador of all things..well…green! As a future fossil fuel, and with relatives that are currently fossil fuels, B.A.’s made it his mission to promote renewing and recycling practices throughout Tampa Bay and the world over.

Here on BA’s page, not only will you find green tips related to the operation and maintenance of your AC system, you will also learn ways in which you can go green in an effort to save dollars and help protect the environment at home as well as at work.

So what exactly is B.A. Green?

We’re not sure. We believe he’s some kind of gator, dragon and/or dinosaur, so we’ve labeled him a Gragosaurus to keep it somewhat simple.

Did you know? The 10 biggest energy users in the home include: 

  1. AC/Heating
  2. Water Heaters
  3. Ranges
  4. Washers
  5. Dryers
  6. Lights
  7. Portable heaters
  8. Freezers
  9. Dishwashers
  10. Refigerators

Maintain and turn off the items above when not in use to keep your energy bill down.

Green Heating and Cooling Tip:

Each degree you turn down the heat saves 3 percent of heating costs, while each degree you raise the temperature of your air conditioner saves 3-4 percent of cooling costs. By changing the temperature by 2 degrees all year, you can save about 2,000 pounds of C02 a year.

15 Ideas for Going Green at Home:

  1. Plug anything that can be powered by a remote control or that has a power cube transformer (little black box) into a power strip, and turn it off, and/or unplug, when not in use. (Power cubes are 60-80 percent inefficient.)
  2. Turn off the lights when you aren’t using them and reduce your direct lighting energy use by 45 percent.
  3. Switch to compact fluorescent from regular incandescent bulbs and use 60 percent less energy per bulb and save 300 pounds of C02 a year.
  4. Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket and save 1,000 pounds of C02 a year. Insulate your hot water pipes.
  5. Switch to a laptop instead of using a desktop computer and cut three-quarters off your electrical use. Turn off the laptop at the end of the day.
  6. Use public transportation whenever possible, carpool, shop locally, and ideally switch to a hybrid or energy-efficient car (if you haven’t already).
  7. Keep your tires inflated to improve gas mileage by 3 percent. Every gallon you save also saves 20 pounds of C02 emissions.
  8. Get a clothes line or rack to dry your clothes. Your clothes will last longer and you will save money.
  9. Turn off computers at night versus putting them to sleep. You will save an average of 4 cents a day which ads up to $14.60 a year..
  10. Instead of bottled water get a reusable container to carry water. Also you can get a filter to make your home tap taste more like bottled water. It is definitely more cost efficient.
  11. Every minute you cut from your shower is roughly 5 gallons of water. The less time your shower takes, the lower your impact on the environment. .
  12. Instead of getting a paper phone book. Use an online directory.
  13. Stop paper bank statements. Why waste paper getting your bank statement mailed to you when you can just check it out online.
  14. Wrap Presents Creatively. Without going out to get wrapping paper you can use newspaper, an old map, or anything else. It would look a whole lot more creative.
  15. Don’t take baths, take showers. You will in average save about half the amount of water that you would if you were taking a bath.

5 Ideas for Going Green at Work:

  1. Buy recycled and eco-friendly office supplies and products.
  2. Turn off equipment, including computers, at the end of the work day.
  3. Go Paperless (email, faxing and records).
  4. Reuse packaging.
  5. Before buying new, investigate refurbishing your old office furniture.

Each degree you turn down the heat saves 3 percent of heating costs, while each degree you raise the temperature of your air conditioner saves 3-4 percent of cooling costs. By changing the temperature by 2 degrees all year, you can save about 2,000 pounds of C02 a year.

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