June 23rd, 2017
It’s easy to forget just how much energy a typical home uses, until your bill shows up at the end of the month. Then it becomes very clear! Of course, modern homes are more comfortable now than they ever have been, but that is all due to the multiple home comfort devices we have like furnaces, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, etc. All these wonderful devices use energy, but there are simple things you can do to quickly and easily lower your overall home energy use and cut your monthly bill.
Here are 5 easy tips you can use today to help make your home more energy efficient:
Change your furnace filter regularly
A dirty or clogged furnace filter restricts the airflow through your homes air ducts, making your furnace and air conditioner work harder and longer to adjust the temperature in your home. Changing out your furnace filter regularly helps keep the air moving efficiently and puts less strain on your HVAC system, and by choosing a high-quality furnace filter it helps remove more dust, dirt and allergens from the air so you can breathe easy.
Swap out old light bulbs for LEDs or CFLs
How many light bulbs does the average home have? The answer: A LOT. Think about how many watts all those bulbs add up to, and how often you have to change them, and it might make you cringe. Switching out traditional incandescent light bulbs with newer and more efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED bulbs drastically reduces the energy use of all your light fixtures. Not only that, but CFL and LED bulbs have a much longer lifespan than older bulbs, which means you almost never need to change them.
Seal up drafty windows
Even a single drafty window can ramp up your energy costs and make the whole house less comfortable. By checking for drafts at each of your home’s windows, you can easily identify where the problems are. Excessive dust or moisture around any windows are typical clues to look for. Seal up window frames and sills with caulk, and use quality weather-stripping on the openings to seal up those gaps and eliminate drafts.
Use a programmable thermostat
This seems like an obvious one, but it’s surprising how many homes still have older thermostats, or if they do have a programmable unit, it’s likely not set up properly. This is an inexpensive upgrade that makes a huge difference in home comfort and energy costs. Setting your furnace and air conditioner to run on a weekly or daily schedule, only when you really need them, can have a big impact on your monthly energy costs.
Get your HVAC system inspected & tuned up
If it’s been a few years since you’ve had your furnace or air conditioner inspected and serviced, or your homes ducts haven’t been cleaned in a while, it’s a good idea to book an inspection and service call with a trusted home comfort professional. They will help you identify any problems that might not be so easy to spot, and will help make sure everything is running properly and efficiently.
We hope you have found these tips helpful, and would be happy to answer any questions you might have about these tips or anything else related to your home comfort. Our experts are glad to assist, so give us a call and book an appointment today!