Easy Ways To Save Energy This Summer
DID YOU KNOW? As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. Making smart decisions about your Dayton, Columbus or Cincinnati home's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system can have a big effect on your bill!
Whether you are looking for quick and easy tips to implement today or a more long term investment to save money on your energy usage, check out our list of recommendations here...
Ways To Save Energy For Free
- Adjust Your Thermostat
Turn your thermostat up to 78 degrees (or as high as you can while still feeling comfortable) and turn on ceiling fans in the rooms you use the most. Consider programming your system to set to a slightly higher temperature while you are away. Your cooling system will operate less and use less energy.
- Set Your Water Heater To 120 Degrees
When you make this adjustment on your water heater, it won’t have to work so hard. Setting it to a lower temperature will save energy, while still keeping the water warm enough for home use.
- Use Cold Water When Washing Clothes
According to ENERGY STAR, washing clothes in cold water will save you approximately $40 a year with an electric water heater and about $30 a year with a gas water heater.
- Limit Your Oven & Stove Usage
Get outside and make frequent use of your grill this summer! Everytime you use your oven, extra heat is generated within your home, which causes your cooling system to work harder to keep you comfortable.
Ways To Save Energy For Minimal Cost
- Install Water-Efficient Showerheads & Faucets
Doing so can reduce your hot water consumption by as much as 10% over regular showerheads.
- Upgrade Your Light Bulbs
Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. Even though they cost a little more upfront, you can save money over the life of a bulb.
- Weatherize Your Home
Seal up holes to the outside by weather-stripping doors and sealing windows and gaps along the home’s foundation.
Best Investments To Save Energy
- Insulate Your Home
The most cost-effective way to insulate your home is to add insulation in the attic, unfinished basement walls, and crawlspaces. When insulation is correctly installed AND the home is totally weatherized, the average home can see a savings of up to 20% of your heating and cooling costs!
- Upgrade Your HVAC System
Look at high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment. You can decrease your heating and cooling costs up to 60% by replacing your old or inefficient HVAC system with a new, variable speed furnace and air conditioner. Take advantage of great financing offers and local utility rebates available now! View our current system replacement offers »
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