Homeowners today are more energy-savvy than ever. Those who “go green” at home know that doing so will not only help cut energy costs, but will also help protect the environment as well. While you may have already made some changes around your Southwest Oklahoma home, there might still be some areas you’ve never considered improving before.
To maximize your home’s potential, it’s best to look at it as one unit that’s made up of many interdependent parts. For example, an Energy Star furnace is less effective if your home is full of air leaks. By learning some energy-saving tips for your home, you’ll see a drop in your utility costs in no time.
Energy-Saving Tips for Your Home
By transforming various areas of your home, you’ll be able to make your space an effective energy-saving machine. Some of the following tips are simple and inexpensive, while others are more of an investment that yield significant savings over time.
- Change or clean your air filter every month, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Install a programmable thermostat and set it so that keeps your home comfortable during the hours you’re there, and goes into energy-saving mode when you’re gone or asleep.
- Shut off your lights, computers, televisions, etc. when they’re not being used.
- Plug related electronics and equipment (i.e. computers, printers and scanners) into a power strip, so you can easily turn them off with the flip of a switch.
- Turn the temperature on your water heater down to 120 degrees — this is still hot enough for bathing and household cleaning purposes.
- Make sure loads of laundry and dirty dishes are full before starting the cleaning cycle. Also, air dry dishes and clothes once they’ve been cleaned.
- Seal any air leaks in your home with weatherstripping and caulking.
- Choose CFLs or LEDs for home lighting.
- Purchase an energy efficient HVAC system when it’s time to upgrade.
- Pick electronics and appliances that have earned the Energy Star label.
For more home energy-saving tips, please feel free to contact Davis Air Conditioning anytime.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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