An energy-efficient home doesn’t just reduce your carbon footprint. It also saves you money because your house uses less power to function properly. To improve efficiency and comfort, and to save money in your Tifton, Georgia, home, try these do-it-yourself tasks that can help you to save energy.
Check for Leaks Around Doors and Windows
Your furnace works hard to keep your interior spaces cool and comfortable, but your doors and windows might hamper your furnace’s efficiency if they aren’t properly sealed and protected. Adding weatherstripping offers a simple solution if you find gaps between doors and windows and their frames, but other DIY solutions help, too.
For instance, consider installing better window treatments. Standard blinds and curtains can help to provide a barrier from cold air entering your home through any gaps or leaks. When windows are properly sealed, you can open curtains and blinds to allow the sunlight to help to naturally warm your home.
Hanging energy-efficient exterior doors can also help. Doors made from fiberglass instead of wood offer several benefits, including increased energy efficiency. They are insulated against heat gain and loss, which means lower utility bills. Plus, they don’t dent or warp, and because they are stronger than wood models, they are more secure against intrusion.
Install Gaskets Over Outlets
Sometimes the smallest gaps and cracks in your home can be just as damaging in terms of reducing energy efficiency. Your electrical outlets, for instance, can contribute to heat loss and gain. To protect them against the free flow of air, install rubber gaskets inside the outlet covers.
Follow the instructions on the gaskets carefully and make sure they fit snugly against the wall. You can also find gaskets for your switch or breaker boxes, which might deter air flow in those areas.
At this time of the year in our area, the weather can be a bit unpredictable. While we generally see cooler temperatures, there can be those occasional warm or even hot days. On those warmer days, you can use fans to help with cooling. If you do need the air conditioner, you will be able to put it on a higher setting to save energy.
On those more comfortable days, you might not need the air conditioner or the furnace, and can simply open windows and doors to let cool air in, and to help with ventilation. On those days that are a little cooler, you can lower your thermostat and allow fans to help circulate the warmer air.
Use of Appliances and Electronics
Appliances and electronics can consume a lot of energy. To be more energy efficient and to save on your energy bill, it is important to analyze the way you use certain appliances in our home.
It is important to turn off and unplug appliances that are not being used. Even if machines are turned off, they will continue to use standby power if not unplugged. It is also a good idea to invest in appliances that have the Energy Star label. These appliances are designed to be more efficient, and to increase comfort and savings.
Program Your Thermostat
A programmable thermostat gives you complete control over the temperature in your home and helps you to reduce energy consumption. A programmable thermostat is a smart investment and can make a significant difference in comfort and savings when used properly.
You will be able to program the thermostat’s settings to always maximize indoor comfort. Program your thermostat based on whether you are at home or away, sleeping or awake, for maximum benefits. For example, there is no need to have the heat running on high if no one is home. You can set the thermostat at lower temperatures, and then set it to increase in time for your return home. Many thermostats today, allow you to make adjustments remotely as well.
Creating an energy-efficient home takes a little effort, but you will enjoy lower power bills and your decreased carbon footprint. If you need help assessing your HVAC system’s efficiency and finding more ways to increase savings and comfort, contact Ray & Son Heating & Air Conditioning at (229) 686-5531.
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