Are you one of the many people making resolutions for the New Year? If saving money is high on your list, you may want to consider these home energy efficiency resolutions!
Here are some of the best places to start cutting your energy usage at home:
You can save a significant amount of money each year by replacing regular bulbs with energy efficient lighting. Take saving a step further and remember to turn off lights in unused rooms.
Don’t be wasteful with your water usage; wait for the dishwasher or washing machine to be full before running them. Also consider turning your water heater temperature down to 120 degrees.
Choose window treatments that allow you to use natural sunlight while reducing heat loss and gain. Install weather-stripping around windows and doors to ensure they are properly sealed.
Electronics and Appliances
Use power strips for electronic devices and turn them off when not in use. Upgrade your old appliances to new, Energy Star rated products to the most efficient energy usage.
Heating and Cooling
Install a programmable thermostat and set it to run around your schedule. Stock up on furnace filters for the year; label them for every month to help ensure they get switched out. Finally, hire a professional to maintain your furnace and air conditioner seasonally.
Because your HVAC system can account for up to 50% of your home energy usage, it may be time to consider upgrading to a new, efficient heating and cooling solution.