Now more than ever, we seem to be moving toward more environmentally-friendly energy options whenever possible. One of the simplest ways to start greening one's lifestyle is to make the home more energy efficient, especially through heating and cooling.

Reduce your carbon footprint. Wood fireplaces create pollution by requiring trees to be destroyed and by releasing a large amount of carbon dioxide into the air.

To avoid this, electric fireplace logs and ember beds look like the real deal without requiring firewood or producing nearly as much carbon dioxide. Electric fireplace technology has come a long way and now allows you to enjoy the look and feel of a real fire without the associated environmental concerns.

Keep the heat where you need it. Many traditional heating options warm the entire house, regardless of whether all of the rooms are being used. Electric fireplaces and heaters enable zone heating, allowing you to comfortably warm only the rooms you are using to significantly reduce energy waste.

An electric fireplace can heat a room up to 20 feet by 20 feet without having to turn up the central thermostat. Overall, this zone heating approach reduces total energy usage and is a green way to heat your home while reducing your overall electric bill.

Save money on energy costs. An electric fireplace provides realistic, patented flame technology for about 3¢ an hour and flames with heat for 8 to 12¢ an hour. Wood or gas fireplaces operate at a much more substantial cost.

Clearly, an electric fireplace or infrared electric heater can provide all the supplemental heat you need, reduce your impact on the environment, and save you money. Click here to learn more about going green in your home.

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