7 Ways You Can Conserve Energy At Home
Conserve Energy At Home
Why should you care about conserving energy? Well, conserving energy at home is good for both the environment and your wallet. Lower energy bills are something we can all agree on liking! You don’t need to make any big changes either, as small fixes over time can lead to a huge positive impact on our environment and your finances. Make these changes to conserve energy at home starting today!
1. Use More Natural Light
Allowing natural light to shine into your home has so many benefits. Don’t keep the curtains drawn shut all day; open them up and let sunshine fill your home! With natural light, it isn’t necessary to have your overhead lights or lamps on during the day. The less electricity you use, the lower your energy bill will be. Additionally, natural light is great for your health. Exposure to sunlight throughout the day boosts vitamin D, improves sleep, wards off seasonal depression, and provides you with many more benefits. Go open up those blinds!
2. Use LED Light Bulbs
While using natural light throughout the day is more than achievable, it’s just unrealistic to rely on natural light at all times. On dark, stormy days, during the evening and night, or in rooms without windows, we have to use lights to be able to see. However, you can still save energy even while your lights are turned on. It’s as easy as switching to LED light bulbs throughout the house. By using less energy and lasting much longer than normal light bulbs, you’ll save money in the short and the long run with this easy upgrade.
3. Turn Off Electronics & Unplug Appliances
It’s almost second nature to let your TV or speakers operate as background noise throughout the day. However, if you’re not really using them, it’s just better to turn them off. These devices will gobble up energy and money over time. At the end of the day you should also shut off and unplug your computer entirely instead of leaving it to run. Don’t forget to switch off the lights each time you leave a room, too.
In the kitchen, unplug small items like the blender, toaster oven, and even your coffee maker if you don’t constantly use it. In the bathroom, always unplug hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons. This will save you money, and create a safer home environment. It might be hard to remember at first, but over time these small acts will turn into habits that will make a noticeable difference.
4. Use Less Hot Water
Did you know hot water uses way more energy than cold water? Cutting back on your hot water usage will save you big on your energy bills. If you’re brave enough, cold showers have been shown to improve your immune system and be great for your skin. However, most of us cringe at just the thought of a cold shower. If that’s you, try cutting down on hot water usage by setting a timer to take shorter showers (15 minutes or LESS!). When it comes to baths, try to limit the number you take. Filling up the tub actually tends to use more water than showers. When washing your hands throughout the day, use cold water. Lastly, when doing laundry, do as much as you can in cold water. Trust us, it still gets clean!
5. Insure Proper Insulation
If you have an older home, this point is especially important to you. Checking your home’s insulation means ensuring that all areas of the home are insulated, there are no cracks or gaps in insulation, and that insulation has not deteriorated over time. Newer homes are built better insulated than homes built 20 years ago, but if you haven’t had your home’s insulation inspected, you could be missing out on energy savings and better comfort.
6. Upgrade to High-Efficiency HVAC
We proudly offer a range of systems which are Energy Star rated. These systems will keep you the most comfortable in your home, while also being an environmentally-friendly option. The AccuComfort Variable Speed Platinum 20 Air Conditioner is our most efficient option available. American Standard owners have saved an average of 50% on energy bills by upgrading to this system! They offer the most precise comfort control and dependable, durable operation for years to come. Not only are these systems energy-efficient, but they’re also extraordinarily quiet. These air conditioning units operate at 4 decibels below the nearest competitor’s minimum. The benefits are truly spectacular.
7. Invest in SMART Technology
Technology such as our Nexia SMART thermostats can save you money and energy while also increasing your home’s comfort. These thermostats can be controlled right from your smartphone and can also be set on schedules that coincide with your life to help save you money even when you’re away from home.
In order to have your own high-efficiency HVAC system or SMART thermostat installed, contact Environmental Comfort Systems at (256) 308-0032. You can count on us to provide you with straightforward pricing, ensuring you always get the best value.
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