There are a number of motivating reasons to reduce energy consumption around the home. Making your home more energy efficient will translate to lower energy bills. Once you pay yourself back for the investment in energy-saving projects, you’ll continue to reap energy savings. Further, allowing your home and its systems to waste energy is like throwing your money away. It’s just not necessary.
Here are some effective lower-cost and no-cost tips for lowering energy consumption:
- Use a programmable thermostat – With a device that allows you to run your air conditioner only when you need it – according to how the home is occupied – and by raising the home’s temperature by several degrees when you leave the home or when you’re sleeping, you’ll reduce energy costs. There’s no need to waste electricity running the A/C full blast when you’re not home.
- Check the water heater – Turning the unit’s thermostat down to 120 degrees still ensures adequately hot water but will reduce energy consumption.
- Maintain your equipment – Schedule regular preventive maintenance for your air conditioner, water heater, and/or heat pump, arguably the best way to keep your home systems in peak condition, and out of the energy-wasting zone of operations.
- Limit standby power – Plug your electronics, chargers and more into a power strip so that you can easily shut the devices down when you’re done using them.
- Lower the amount of hot water you use – Easily reduce energy costs by taking steps to limit how much hot water your household uses. Try steps like running full clothes- and dish-washing cycles, and air drying dishes and clothing.
- Seal up your home – Limit the amount of air infiltration into your home that can compromise the interior temperature, and cause your air conditioner to run longer cycles. Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal up air leaks that occur through your home’s exterior shell.
For more tips on ways you can cut energy consumption, contact NisAir Air Conditioning & Heating today. We serve homeowners in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River counties with quality HVAC maintenance, installation and repairs. Call us or visit our website.