In many cases, homeowners can significantly cut energy costs by employing common-sense ways to conserve energy. Combined, employing several energy-cutting steps can have a significant impact on your energy budget. And while the tips below may not have the same effect as installing a high-efficiency heating system, encouraging the whole family to adopt these practices will get results.
Here are seven ways to conserve energy:
- Shut off the lights – Even if you’ve already installed energy-efficient lighting, there’s no need to use more lights than necessary or to leave lights on when you leave a room.
- Heat only the rooms you need – While your furnace requires a certain amount of airflow and closing lots of registers around the home while disrupt that balance, you can shut supply registers in rooms you hardly use.
- Employ energy-saving settings – The higher you set your thermostat, the longer the furnace will run, and the more energy it will use. In this regard, setting the thermostat lower is one of the easiest ways to conserve energy. Using a programmable thermostat makes it easy to employ energy-saving settings.
- Use storm windows – If the windows in your home aren’t very efficient, install storm windows upon the first sign of cooler weather to keep more heat inside the home.
- Limit showers – The costs to heat water are secondary only to heating in most homes. It makes sense then that taking shorter showers will reduce energy costs.
- Use common sense when washing clothes – Following two tips when washing clothes leads to energy conservation: Wash only full loads, and use cold-water cycles whenever possible.
- Run the dishwasher wisely – Good cleaning practices require that consumers generally use very hot water to wash dishes, so it’s not practical to run cold washing cycles; however, running full loads is one of the ways to conserve energy when to comes to washing dishes. Additionally, you can opt for air-drying dishes instead of running the energy-consuming drying cycle.
For more ways to conserve energy, contact the experts at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We proudly serve homeowners in and around Grand Traverse County.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ways to conserve energy and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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