Save Energy at Home with these Simple Tips
From your attic to your front door, there are plenty of ways to save energy at home. Here are some simple ways to help ensure your home is comfortable and energy-efficient:
- Replace your air filter monthly. A dirty filter can restrict air flow and cause your system to work harder than it needs to.
- Remove obstructions, such as furniture, away from air vents and return registers. Obstructions can slow or hinder air circulation.
- Use caulk, weather-stripping and insulation to seal air leakage sites, such as attics or around doors and windows.
- Install a programmable thermostat, which allows you to set the temperature in your home higher when you’re away or at work. Your air conditioner won’t run as often, so you’ll save energy when you’re not home.
- Give appliances a break during hot afternoons and evenings. Appliances create added heat and moisture, which makes your air conditioner work harder to keep your home cool.
- Lower the thermostat on your water heater. Water heaters sometimes come from the factory with high temperature settings, but a setting of 120 degrees provides comfortable hot water for most uses.
- Have a certified HVAC professional check your heating and air conditioning system annually. An inspection can help control energy costs and prevent costly maintenance.
- Consider a home service plan to protect your heating and air conditioning system. With a home service plan, when something breaks down, a trained and certified technician will make the necessary repairs and help keep your system running efficiently year-round.