TIPS TO SAVE ENERGY
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, cooling and heating accounts for almost half of the energy use in a typical home, and your lights, refrigerator, TV, and other electronics consume about 20%. Together, this accounts for about two-thirds of your energy usage, which means reducing energy in these appliances can lead to significant savings.
1. Attic insulation
Proper insulation, especially in your attic, is an easy way to reduce the burden on your air conditioner during the summer. Additionally, solar panels covering the sunniest parts of your roof also create shade, which helps keep your home cooler, providing a similar benefit to insulation.
2. Window sealing and weather-stripping
Window sealants and weather-stripping are two of the easiest ways to prevent air flow into and out of your home, which induces higher energy bills during hot and cold weather.
3. LED light ulbs
LED lights are more economical and energy-efficient than compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, and they also provide a wider range of options that closely mimic natural light. You can also enjoy lighting features such as timers that ensure they’re only on and consuming energy when you want them to. And remember to recycle your old lightbulbs!
4. Energy Star appliances
This governmental program certifies a wide range of high-efficiency appliances that lower your energy costs. You’ll see the biggest savings from large home appliances such as refrigerators and laundry machines, but the program also offers certifications for office equipment, data centers, and other commercial purposes.
5. Smart thermostats
Your HVAC is responsible for a significant portion of your electricity use.
A smart thermostat can help you conveniently save on energy by letting you program your home’s temperature based on your schedule. Turning the heat one or two degrees lower can make all the difference, especially when you are asleep, have guests over, or are using the stove or oven.
The Nest, ecobee, Emerson Sensi, and Honeywell Lyric are all great options for a smart thermostat.
6. HVAC tune-up
Ensure your HVAC unit is performing at peak efficiency to avoid overpaying for energy. You can even sign up for ongoing preventative services like ABC Home & Commercial Services’ Proactive Maintenance program so your HVAC upkeep can remain stress-free.
And while central heating lacks in ambience, it’s more efficient than a fireplace because cold air can enter your home via the flue.
7. Landscaping for shade
Another way to reduce your air conditioner’s load during hot summers — while keeping your house warmer in the winter — is to plant both south- and west-facing deciduous trees and shrubs to block sunlight.
8. Solar panels
Solar panels are a great way to reduce your energy bill and increase the value of your home. In addition to caring for the environment, solar power is another way to utilize technology and protect your finances from any future rise in energy costs.
7. Solar panels are the fastest energy source to setup
Compared the other forms of energy harvesting, solar power production is relatively simple and straightforward. Grid-tied systems tie right into existing electrical systems and installation can take as little as one day depending on the size of the project.
The fact is, solar energy is here to stay and the longer you wait to install your own solar panels, the more savings you’re passing up. Get started today with a free solar consultation.