Are there ways you can save more energy in your home? To find the “yes” to that question, give your attention to three main areas:
- Seal air leaks – According to the Department of Energy, you can save 10% – 20% on your energy bills by caulking, sealing and weatherstripping seams, cracks and openings to the outside. Check for air leaks around windows, doors, plumbing and lighting fixtures, ceilings and walls, then seal them and save.
- Maintain and upgrade equipment – Regular maintenance of your air conditioning system will help ensure that it operates at peak energy efficiency. As your system ages, however, make plans to upgrade to a newer system. Another good step: Installing a WiFi-enabled smart thermostat will enable you to efficiently control temperature settings at all times, whether you’re at home or away through your smartphone.
- Make simple adjustments – Set the temperature on your thermostat as high as is comfortable when you’re home and awake – and higher when you’re away or asleep. Make it a habit to turn off lights and ceiling fans when you leave a room. Also, don’t run kitchen or bath fans for longer than 20 minutes after you’re done cooking or bathing. As another practical step, keep window coverings closed during the day to block the sun’s heat.
To learn specific ways you can save energy, give us a call for a home energy analysis. We’ll take a look and give you suggestions you can implement.