Many people seem to think that the best way for them to save energy in their homes is to cut back on their appliance usage. While that’s a good way to start, it’s not the only way people can shave some dollars off their energy bills. Check out the following energy conservation recommendations from Harsin Energy.
Wear Layered Clothing
Many people like to lounge around their homes in little to no clothing. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, in the wintertime when the temperatures are colder and the inside of your home is harder to warm, you should consider wearing layers of clothes for warmth. By wearing more clothing, you can avoid the need to turn the dial on your thermostat higher and save more money on your utility bills.
Check Your Roof
Not many people are aware that a poorly insulated roof can cause a great deal of problems in the wintertime. Little to no insulation makes it easy for warm energy and air to escape from your home. This also makes it easier for cold air to settle into it. If you don’t want to feel like you’re living in a dungeon, contact your local roofer so they can check your roof and attic insulation and repair it if necessary.
Are you aware that your thermostat can sense hot and cold in your home? When you go to adjust it for comfort, it doesn’t signal your furnace or air conditioning system to turn on until it senses the temperature you’ve chosen as a threshold. If your thermostat is located in an area where it is exposed to cold drafts or too close to vents, then there is a very strong possibility that your home’s comfort has been troublesome to maintain because if its location. You should have an energy consultant come out to evaluate its location and move it if necessary to help you to save energy.
Check Your Lightbulbs
If you’ve been using regular incandescent lightbulbs in your lighting fixtures and appliances, you’re already wasting up to 10 percent of your home’s energy. Replace your bulbs with CFL bulbs and watch your energy use go down along with your energy bills.
Get a Duct Inspection
The average home loses up to 20 percent of its heating and cooling energy to the outside from poorly sealed and insulated ductwork. It’s not always easy for people to know that their ducts need some work without a professional inspection or energy audit. Save yourself the trouble and get your ductwork inspected. If they need to be sealed or insulated, get it done as soon as possible to save energy and keep more of your paychecks in the bank.
Water Tank Temperature
Check the temperature on your hot water tank. If it’s set above 120 degrees Fahrenheit, turn it down. If you don’t, the water that comes out of your hot water faucets can scald and injure you or someone in your home. You’ll also continue to waste 14 to 25 percent energy in your home due to overheating your water.
Appliance and Electronics
If you and your family are gone for most of the day, start unplugging your appliance and electronics until you get back home to use them. Many appliances continue to pull energy while they are shut off as long as they are plugged up. If that is too much work, you could always invest in into a programmable electrical timer that turns the electricity off to your appliances on the schedule you set.
You don’t need to make too many adjustments to save energy in your home. Once you start with a few and adjust some of your lifestyle habits, you’ll find that it’s much easier for you to save energy than you thought.
For more energy saving advice or to schedule an energy audit, contact Harsin Energy Services.