In a typical modern home, the major energy consumption is spread across home heating systems such as the air conditioning unit or heat pump and cooling systems such as refrigerators, as well as other electrical appliances. There are many ways to save energy on these, though; like choosing energy efficient windows and appliances.
Why save energy? Of course, you want to cut the electricity bill, but you’re also doing your part for the environment. If you’re interested in making all the systems in your home energy efficient, take note of the following tips:
During the winter months, most of the energy is consumed by heating systems. Additional or new insulation to your walls, attic, and ceilings is the first the step towards saving some energy. Caulking or even weather stripping ensures that openings (doors and windows) are properly sealed, preventing air leaks and an influx of cold drafts to keep warm air inside while keeping off the cold air.
During summer months, these same innovations will trap the cool air inside your house. The air conditioning system is responsible for about 50% of the total energy consumption in homes. Proper insulation may see this percentage reduce by a half.
Using Your Appliances Efficiently
Most home appliances such as ovens, washers, dryers, and dishwashers contribute to the hefty electricity bill that awaits you at the end of each month. Minimizing the use of these electrical appliances subsequently minimizes energy consumption. Pay attention to the following:
Do full loads of dishes and clothes each time
Your refrigerator is probably on for 24/7. Check the temperature settings and adjust the setting to the “energy-efficient” setting. You may as well decide to adjust the setting to 37 degrees; this is normally indicated as 3 degrees on your freezer.
When out on a vacation unplug all the cables from electrical sockets. Just turning off the appliances still lets out some energy.
If you still have the traditional heating, cooling and lighting systems, upgrade to energy efficient systems.
Always turn off the lights when not in use and ensure that you shut down your TV when no one is watching. You’ll find that in most homes, lights and entertainment systems are on even when no one is using them.
Be mindful of the aforementioned tips and you could likely cut down your electricity bills by 50%. Don’t neglect new doors and windows; when it comes to energy efficiency, these are the first changes to make. If you need new windows, check with Sunroom Additions & Improvements in Buffalo, NY.