You may be looking for ways to do your part for the planet by saving energy as the weather cools. Saving energy doesn’t just benefit the planet. Following these 7 home energy efficiency tips also benefits your wallet.
1. Open Your Window Treatments
During the day, open the blinds or curtains on south-facing windows. The purpose is to take advantage of free solar heat gain. Closing your window treatments when it gets dark minimizes your exposure to cold windows.
2. Adjust Your Thermostat
While some experts recommend setting your thermostat to 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, we suggest you set it to the lowest temperature you find comfortable. No matter what regular temperature you choose, you’ll reduce your utility bill by 10 percent if you set your thermostat 7 to 10 degrees lower for eight hours a day.
3. Seal Air Leaks
Gaps around windows and exterior doors allow warmed air to escape and cold air to enter. You can seal most air leaks with caulking or weatherstripping. A simple door sweep takes care of under the door air leaks.
4. Maintain Your HVAC System
For optimum performance, a professional should service your HVAC system once a year. In addition, every month you should inspect your HVAC filter. Clean or replace it when dirty. A dirty filter makes your system less efficient.
5. Remove Window Air Conditioners
Cold air enters and hot air leaves through window air conditioners. If it’s not possible to remove them, cover them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
6. Put Foil Behind Your Radiators
Placing aluminum foil behind your radiators reflects heat into the room. Otherwise, this heat is oftentimes lost since many radiators are installed on exterior walls. The foil’s dull side should face the wall while the shiny side faces the radiator.
7. Install Solar Panels
Converting your home to solar energy reduces your monthly utility bill because a portion or all of your energy needs are met through the panels. In fact, during the months your solar panels capture more energy than you use, you send energy to the grid and can receive a credit on your utility account. Learn more about residential solar energy systems.
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