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.