An energy-efficient home provides many benefits, from energy savings to improved heating and air conditioning system performance. The first step to improving home energy efficiency is having an energy audit conducted by a certified auditor. In this blog, Palo Alto guides you in your search for an energy auditor. Read more
Thanks to technology, your home can reduce the amount of energy it uses to maintain its temperature and get rid of waste. While some of this technology could be more expensive upon installation, being able to save money on water and electricity bills for the rest of your life may be a good payoff. At some point, you’ve recouped the cost of installation and are working on reduced bills.
The holiday season one of the happiest times of the year. Between spending time with family and friends and participating in your favorite winter activities, there is so much to be joyful about and thankful for during the holidays. While you are enjoying the holiday festivities, there are a few ways that you can work to cut down on your energy usage so that you aren’t greeted by a shocking utility bill in the new year.
Energy Saving Tips for the Holiday Season
Though energy usage may be the last thing on your mind, it’s important to pay attention to how much energy you are using during the holidays. To conserve more energy during this busy time of the year, use the tips below:
Looking for more ways to save energy in the new year? Check out our post on seasonal tips to reduce HVAC costs.
Reducing HVAC Costs Year-Round
The holiday season isn’t the only time that you should be keeping an eye on your energy usage. Don’t forget to call Palo Alto Plumbing, Heating, and Air for your routine HVAC maintenance visit. We recommend getting a tune-up at least twice a year to make sure that your heating and cooling system is running smoothly and efficiently throughout the year.
Call today to schedule a service appointment: (650) 856-3400.
The New Year is upon us! Here are a few favorite energy saving strategies that will make your home eco-friendlier and help you save money, no matter what the weather.
Reduce HVAC Costs During Cooler Months
Close up all Air Leaks in Your Home
When the temperatures drop outdoors, it’s good to keep cold air from entering into your home so you’ll stay warm indoors. This can be an uphill battle if your home has leaks around the perimeter, such as around doorways or windows. Check for leaks by running a small candle around where you suspect drafts (think of cold spots in your home). The candle’s flame will flicker if it’s drafty. If you find a draft, be sure to seal it up using either weather stripping or caulking.
Adjust Your Thermostat for Savings
During the winter, it’s tempting to want to crank up the heat to stay cozy. This year, instead of turning up the thermostat, try turning it down (at night, that is). Sleep experts agree that your body actually responds better to lower temperatures when falling asleep, with the ideal temperature near 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Before you go to bed, set your thermostat to 68 degrees and layer on the blankets. You’ll sleep better and save money during the winter months.
Toss On Extra Layers
Even though we’re pretty used to rooms being at a temperature that suits wearing shorts and a tee-shirt, it’s totally possible to stay comfortable at a cooler indoor temperature. Just put on a sweater or wrap up with a throw blanket. If you reduce your thermostat’s temperature from 72 degrees to 70 degrees, you could save around 5% in energy costs. So, slip on a sweater and enjoy the cozy savings!
Reduce HVAC Costs During Warmer Months
Add Shade to Your AC Unit
Keep your AC unit running at its best by providing it a shaded area to do its job. You can either build a structure near the unit to provide shade, or plant a compatible bush nearby that will help dim the direct sunlight. Shade will help keep your unit from getting too hot from the sunshine, and this will allow it to work more efficiently in cooling your home.
Keep The Air Circulating to Keep Cool
Warm air rises, so an easy way to keep the rooms in your home cool is to add a fan or two to help distribute the cool air throughout your home. The fans will not only circulate air, but help alleviate a little of the work that your AC unit would have to do.
Turn Down Your AC When Not at Home
When away from our home, such as during the day at work or when out for extended day-trips, set your thermostat a little warmer. Every degree counts when it comes to how hard your AC unit has to work to keep your home cool, so use it most when you’re home to enjoy it.
For some more tips on energy savings, check out our article on conserving water at home.