Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency in 3 Easy Steps
- Posted by: christina
Taking into consideration your home’s energy consumption is definitely a smart move. Finding how to be smart with your energy use can lead to lower monthly energy bills and it can help decrease your footprint on the environment. And being energy efficient can begin with simple steps such as turning off lights and electronics when they are not necessary or installing a smart thermostat for more efficient controls.
The experts at Abbitt HVAC can help your home become more energy efficient with the latest heating and cooling technology, but if you would like to start making a difference in your home here are three things you can do immediately. It does not necessarily require you to make a huge effort; even simple changes can lead to better results over time.
Turn Off Unused Energy Drainers
Turning off a light or tv when you are leaving the room and no longer using them should be common sense to most people. You understand that leaving a light, fan, or electronic device on means that energy will continue to be consumed even if in reality they might not be in use. But you can take this simple understanding further when considering the energy use around your home. Something that has increased in the last couple of decades is the drain of phantom energy throughout most residences.
Phantom energy refers to energy being used when electronic devices may be off but are still plugged in. Many items such as computers, newer TVs, gaming devices, and household appliances now offer “sleep” modes where they may turn off in some fashion but also remain partially powered to return to full usage quickly and allow for many different functions.
While convenient at times, this can lead to far more energy being used opposed to fully turning off or unplugged these devices. If you know that you will not quickly being using such devices again, start fully powering them down every time that you can.
Another energy drainer besides high-powered devices will be your light bulbs. Switching to new energy efficient bulbs may cost a few more dollars initially but over the life of the bulb they will use far less energy than traditional standard bulbs.