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Energy Saving Tips For The Home

Spring is here and we could not be more ready to spend time outside and enjoy the sunshine! But with warmer weather, homeowners need to be conscience of high electricity bills to cool off inside. Besides saving money and keeping your home comfortable, improving energy efficiency benefits the planet as well. In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, check out these tips to conserve energy throughout these warmer months!

Use Ceiling Fans

Using ceiling fans can ultimately lower your energy bills over time. The U.S. Department of Energy, says that cooling your home with ceiling fans will allow you to raise your thermostat by roughly four degrees, which can reduce your energy bill by up to 30 percent.  Another energy-saving tip is to use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans to suck heat and humidity out of your indoor spaces.  

Convert to Using LED Lamps and Lightbulbs

LED is highly energy efficient with less heat, more light, and lower costs. Consider switching to LED lamps with a lifetime of 25,000 hours. You can save energy each year and have less upkeep. LEDs also run cooler and can be safer in the household.  With the advent of control systems being controlled by smartphones, LED products are also widely used in these products. 

Check your Refrigerator

Spring is the perfect time to make sure your refrigerator is in peak shape to make sure food stays cold and fresh, especially for those entertaining nights! To reduce energy costs, check the refrigerator’s condenser coils to make sure they’re clean and that the rubber seals on the door are tight to keep the cold air inside.

Manage Laundry and Dishwasher Loads

If you are looking to buy new appliances, look for ones that are ENERGY STAR rated to save energy. For dishwashers, avoid using the rinse hold setting to save water. To do laundry more efficiently make sure the lint trap is cleaned between cycles and wash clothes in cold water. Lastly, air-drying dishes and clothes can be highly energy efficient. 

Check Your Water Heater

Water heating accounts for about 20% of the energy consumed in your home. Setting your water heater at a maximum of 120 degrees Fahrenheit saves money and can also provide comfortable water out of your faucets. Another tip is to set water flow at a lower setting to reduce energy usage.

Operate Your Thermostat Efficiently 

Keep your house warmer when you are not home and cool when you return home. With newer systems, you can have it on a schedule in case you forget. Also setting it at a very low setting can overwork your air conditioner causing maintenance issues in the future. Replacing or cleaning air filters can reduce your air conditioner’s energy use by 5 to 15%. You should also inspect your evaporator coil and clean it at least once a year.

Manage Airflow

To keep hot air from leaking into your home, seal cracks and openings. Some useful ways to fix any damage is to add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around those areas. Rain could also damage a home over time allowing air leaks. Another useful tip is to check the insulation in the walls, attic, and around the plumbing.

Prepare your home now for spring before it is too late. By checking these energy-saving tips off your list now, you can rest assured that your home will be ready for the summer months. Do you need recommendations for any of these services in the Charlotte metro area? Contact us now and we can refer you to our list of trusted home maintenance professionals.