We are using up resources more quickly than ever. Sure, we are not in danger of our resources depleting by tomorrow, but it will happen eventually. To do our part, we have to start at home. Here are some tips on how to make your house more energy-efficient.
1. Unplug Unused Electronics
We all use a number of different electronics every single day. Even if we do not use them, we leave a lot of the electronics at home plugged in for convenience for when we do want to use them. The problem with this is that those electronics, even when off, still use energy and generate heat when plugged in. Unplug as many items as possible, especially the ones you do not use often.
2. Use the Right Lights
The most common and least expensive light bulbs are incandescent light bulbs. Luckily, there are different types of bulbs now available that use less energy when turned on and last longer. The two new options are LEDs and CFLs. Both might cost you an extra couple of dollars upfront, but you will see some serious savings on your energy bill. Plus, you do not have to change the bulbs as often.
3. Add More Insulation
Every home needs insulation. This insulation goes into the walls and helps to prevent outdoor air from getting inside and inside air from getting outside. There are three main types of insulation: fiberglass, cellulose, and foam. There are other ways to insulate, too. You can install windows and doors designed with insulation in mind. You can also fix any problems you might be having with your roof.
4. Buy Energy Star Products
Not all products are the same. Some products are specifically designed with energy efficiency in mind. When you need a new appliance, look into products with an Energy Star sticker. These products have been proven to use less energy. This means your bill will be cheaper every month. You will also be helping the environment. Each Energy Star product much adhere to certain guidelines to get the sticker. Better yet, there are some products that go above and beyond.
5. HVAC Maintenance
Your HVAC system is one of the biggest contributors to your utility bill. You want to keep it running as efficiently as possible. To do this, you need to change or clean the filter regularly. You should also get regular maintenance by an HVAC professional at least once a year. The professional can give your HVAC system a tune-up that you yourself cannot fully provide, prolonging the life of the unit and keeping it running at its greatest potential.
6. Be Mindful When Cooking
Obviously, your stove gets hot when you use it. This will make your home warmer. This will also make your HVAC system work harder. Try to plan your cooking so that you have the stove on for as little time throughout the day as possible. You may also want to save cooking for the very early morning or at night when it is cooler. When cooking, you want to avoid opening the stove to check on the food. Even a couple of seconds can make a difference.
7. Automated Thermostat
You do not need to keep your house the same temperature throughout the day if no one is going to be in the home. However, it can be difficult to remember to change the temperature every time you leave for the day. Get yourself an automatic thermostat that does it for you. The software is easy enough to use. Simply set the time and days you want to change the temperature. You can even set up a time to change it back. You will save money since the work is done for you, and you will not have to worry about forgetting. You should also consider turning the thermostat up or down just one degree. One degree will not make a huge difference in comfort, but it will make a change in your bill.
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When you make your home energy-efficient, you are helping the environment as well as your wallet. We offer residential heating and cooling services, air quality assessments, and ductwork in and around Festus, MO. We also service hot water heaters and fireplaces. We have been serving our community since 1978 and are proud to have an A+ rating with the BBB. If you want to make your home more efficient, talk to your local HVAC professionals at Bone Heating & Cooling today.