Whether you’re concerned about recent reports of escalating climate change or have increasing energy bills, taking action to lower energy consumption isn’t hard to do and has measurable results. The energy efficiency of your home changes over time, and these tips help you stay on top of areas that contribute to higher energy consumption.
- Install a programmable thermostat. These devices control temperatures for you based on when you’re at home and sleeping. If you’re routinely away most of the week, changing the temperature so that your HVAC system doesn’t run as much when the home isn’t occupied will lower energy consumption.
- Seal the air leaks throughout your home to save energy year-round. Air entering and leaving through small cracks and gaps makes your cooling and heating system work harder. Since HVAC equipment is responsible for approximately half the energy usage in U.S. homes, it contributes to climate change a good deal.
- Check the areas around window and door frames and areas of the basement and attic for leaks around pipes, chimneys or flues. Caulk and weatherstripping can seal small leaks, while expanding foam and metal flashing will seal larger leaks.
- Ask your HVAC contractor to check your air ducts for leakage. Ductwork leaks waste energy, since the air you’ve paid to condition goes into places where you don’t need it. Ductwork problems can occur any time. Signs include uncomfortable rooms or dust near the registers.
- Lose the incandescent light bulbs. Not only do these bulbs use many times the energy that LED or CFL bulbs do, they also create a good deal of heat that your cooling system has to remove.
- Turn down the water heater. Set the temperature to 120 degrees F to save energy. If you drain a few quarts from the bottom of the tank several times a year, the heater will work more efficiently and last longer. Next to keeping your home comfortable, water heating uses the most energy.
For more energy-saving tips for your home to reduce climate change, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, providing top-notch HVAC services for Monmouth County and surrounding area homeowners.
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