I know what you’re thinking, what else could anyone possibly tell you about residential energy savings that you don’t already know? Well, sometime even the best of us need to be reminded of the occasional common sense tips we tend to forget from time to time.
Experts believe that you can hold approximately seven items in short-term memory for about 20 to 30 seconds. Now that’s not a lot of time to work with, so for the next 30 seconds, I’m going to need all of your attention. Below is a compiled list of what industry specialists value as the most important winter energy saving tips for your personal reference. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to winterize your home. You can thank our favorite little groundhog Punxsutawney Phil for seeing his shadow, since you now have six more weeks to get ahead of your energy savings. Start saving energy and money today!
Change your filter
So what’s the big deal about changing or cleaning the air filter(s) at home? I’m glad you asked! A dirty filter makes your heating system word harder, which uses more energy. Simply replace your filter every few months or opt for a washable one-they can last up to five years. And don’t forget, changing your filters can cut down on dust floating around your house.
Maintain your system
You probably change the oil in your car more than once a year, why wouldn’t you do the same for your home heating/cooling system? You should properly maintain your heating and cooling system with regular service calls from a licensed technician. An annual tune up of a heating or cooling system can improve efficiency and savings of up to 15% on average annual heating bills. Dirty coils and fans reduce airflow through your heating and cooling system.
You can save about 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day. Yes it is just that simple. If that sounds like a difficult or time-consuming task, then look into installing a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust your home’s temperature setting while you are away or sleeping. The potential energy cost savings when used properly can be up to $180 a year!
Drafty windows and doors, or the cracks where plumbing or electrical wires go through walls, floors and ceilings, can increase your energy bill. Caulking and weather stripping are simple ways to prevent these air leaks. Note: A ¼” gap at the base of a three foot wide exterior door leaks as much air as a three inch hole in the wall of your home.
Learn more about how you can save energy in your home by visiting Shipley Energy today.