Here at Dobson’s Flooring America, we are committed to protecting our environment. For example, our Frisco, Texas showroom we opened last year was L.E.E.D. Silver certified. In fact, it was the first L.E.E.D certified retail store in Frisco. L.E.E.D. certification is a voluntary program that promotes sustainable and green building designs to lessen the impact on the environment.

While our Frisco showroom is designed in such a way that it uses much less energy than traditional building designs, there many simple steps you can take at home to reduce your footprint and make our way of life more sustainable and environmentally conscious.

Here are a few easy ways to make your house more energy efficient and help the environment this summer:

Shade Unused Windows
During the summer months, the sun is out longer and much of its heat enters through windows. Make sure to pull the shades down in rooms you are not using, especially rooms with direct sun exposure. This will cut down on the amount of heat that gets in and reduce the need to crank up the air conditioner.

Use Natural Lighting
If you find yourself lounging around on the couch and catching up on some reading, or just getting some much deserved R and R, turn off the overhead lights and open your window shades. Natural lighting will not only reduce your energy use, but it has been shown to help improve moods and well-being.

Upgrade Your Water Heater
Water heating can account for upwards of 25 percent of your energy bill, and an outdated heater is often the culprit. Look for newer, more energy-efficient water heaters, such as solar water heaters, to cut down that energy consumption.

Compost Food
Approximately 40 percent of food made in the US ends up in the trash. Many things we throw away—food scraps, soiled paper towels, lawn clipping—don’t have to be sent to the landfill. Savvy gardeners across the country are turning their own compost piles at home in small backyard patches, making for rich, nutritious soil for growing fabulously green gardens. If you don’t have room for a compost pile or a garden, check with your local waste collection and see if they can provide you with a food-recycling bin for compostable waste.

Choosing Smarter Paint Colors
Paint the exterior of your house with a light-colored paint if you live in a warm climate to help deflect heat from being absorbed into the house. If you live in a colder climate, use a dark-colored paint to help absorb heat from the sun. Also consider planting shade trees to block direct sunlight on your house. Shade trees not only keep heat out but also consume CO2.

We all must do what we can to help preserve our environment. Even the smallest initiative can have a large impact. For more tips, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter as we regularly post tips on going green and flooring care.

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