We’ve written multiple blog posts on the importance of energy efficient HVAC systems, but with Earth Day around the corner, we decided to take a broader approach.
In this week’s blog post, we’ll look at several ways you can reduce energy use at home. It’s not only good for the planet, it’s good for your budget.
Because summer is on the way, we’ve focused much of this list on ways you can lower your air conditioning costs. Read on to learn how you can reduce energy costs as the weather warms up.
1. How your TV affects your AC
Keeping lamps or TV sets close to your thermostat can force your AC to run longer than it needs to, as the thermostat will pick up the heat from these devices and think that your room is warmer than it really is.
2. Six degrees, six percent savings
Raising your air conditioning temperature by six degrees – from 72F to 78F – will save you at least six percent on your energy bill. Your system won’t have to work as hard, which means fewer repair calls to your local AC company.
3. Trees pay off
In addition to Earth Day, April also brings Arbor Day, a holiday devoted to planting trees. And putting a few trees on your property can create more shade, which – once again – helps reduce your energy bills.
4. Don’t leave the lights on
Shut off the lights whenever you leave the room, and double check your house to make sure lights are off when you’re not home. Not only will this cut energy costs, it will help your lightbulbs last longer. If you haven’t already, switch from incandescent bulbs to LED.
Not only do LED bulbs last longer and save you money, they also produce less heat than incandescent bulbs. Only about 10 to 15 percent of the electricity those bulbs use becomes light. Most of it is turned into heat.
And speaking of leaving things running, keeping your computer on all day will cost you an extra 21 cents a day, or $75 each year.
5. Throwing money down the drain
Wash your clothing on cold whenever possible. Not only will you save energy – most of your washer’s energy use goes toward heating water. Besides, cold water works just as well as warm while also keeping your garments protected.
And with the weather getting warmer, why not try drying your clothes the old fashioned way by hang drying. You’ll save energy, have fewer wrinkles in your fabric and – if you hang them out to dry on a clothesline – come away with fresh-smelling laundry.
6. Get your ductwork inspected
The average home loses about a fifth of their cooled air through its duct system. Make sure you aren’t wasting energy by having your ducts inspected by your local heating and AC company to make sure they’re properly sealed.
7. Switch to a smart thermostat
There was a time when the notion of being able to adjust a thermostat from far away sounded like science fiction. But new smart thermostats let you turn your AC up or down even when you’re not next to the thermostat itself. And programmable thermostats allow homeowners to schedule when they want their heat or air conditioning to kick on, so you can save energy when you’re away from home.
Is your thermostat outdated? Do your ducts deserve a second look? Are you just tired of paying too much to keep yourself cool?
All Seasons Comfort Control can help. Our heating and air repair experts can examine your system to ensure that it’s providing you and your family with efficient heating and cooling. With our assistance, you’ll lower your energy costs while making your home a little more environmentally friendly.