Save Energy During the Summer
In the spirit of going “green” and saving money, here are some energy saving tips you can employ during the summer.
- Turn up your thermostat. For each degree your thermostat is set above 72 degrees, you save 1% to 3% of energy per degree. And keep your thermostat set higher when you are away.
- Replace air conditioner filters. You should replace your filters (or wash them) monthly for maximum benefit.
- Use your drapes and window shades. Blocking the sunlight from entering your home will keep your house cooler.
- Use electric lawn mowers and grass and hedge trimmers instead of gas-powered products. Many professionals even use manual trimmers.
- Use your microwave oven. They use less energy and produce much less heat waste than a regular stove.
Save Energy During the Winter
It costs more than $1,000 to heat the average home during the winter. But you can keep your energy costs down and still stay warm. Here are some suggestions:
- Inspect your heating system. Make sure that it is operating at maximum efficiency.
- Seal your ductwork. Leaky ductwork can result in heat loss of up to 40% into your attic and/or crawl space.
- Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat could help you save as much as $100 a year off your heating bills.
- Let the sun shine in. Open shades and drapes during the day to let in the sun’s warmth. Close them at night.
- Install storm windows, drapes and weather-stripping. These will all seal out drafts and block heat loss.