3 Ridiculously Easy Ways to be Energy Efficient at Home
An energy efficient home is proof that you can have your cake and eat it too. Homeowners often associate energy efficiency with loss of comfort. This couldn’t be further from the truth. When you choose to be more energy conscious at home, you will experience increased levels of comfort in addition to monthly savings. We have three very simple ways for you to improve energy efficiency at home. Our hope is that you will notice just how much of a difference these small changes will make, inspiring you to make even more changes in your home.
1. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats allow you to fine-tune the temperature in your home to match your daily schedule. Gone are the days where you must wage an inner war over which matters more: having adequate heat or enough money to pay your mortgage. By installing a programmable thermostat, you can set your heat to turn off while you’re away, and turn back on before you arrive home. The lower (or higher, depending on the season) your settings, the more you’ll save. For every lowered degree, you can expect to save one to two percent monthly. When you set the thermostat back seven to 10 degrees for a period of eight hours, you can save up to ten percent on your yearly costs. If you commit to this routine, you’ll soon find yourself with quite a bit of savings in your pocket.
While monthly savings tend to be the leading factor homeowners switch to programmable thermostats, there are numerous other benefits, including:
- Control – Most programmable thermostats have digital displays, enabling you to have total control over the comfort levels in your home. More high-tech models have Wi-Fi capabilities, allowing users to adjust temperature settings using their smartphone, laptop or tablet.
- Simplicity – No longer will you need to constantly adjust the temperature. With a programmable thermostat, you can set it and forget it.
- Constant Comfort – You can set your desired temperatures for when you’re asleep, awake, and away. No matter what time it is, you can rest assured you’ll always be comfortable.
We recommend hiring a licensed professional to install your programmable thermostat. This will ensure the installation process is done correctly. An improper installation can lead to discomfort as well as increased energy costs, which is precisely what you’re trying to avoid!
2. Install Energy Efficient Lighting
Your indoor lighting accounts for close to 20 percent of your monthly energy costs, which in our books is considerable. As licensed and professional electricians, we think it our duty to help homeowners find cost-effective ways to light their homes without having to break the bank. That’s why we offer energy efficient packages to our customers. As a certified Lutron dealer, we canhelp determine the best energy efficient products for your home. We specialize in the installation of the following:
- Lutron Automated Home Systems
- Occupancy Home Sensors
- LED Recessed Lighting
- Automated Blind Systems
- Dimmer Switches
Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) boast numerous advantages over traditional incandescent bulbs. In addition to using 25 percent to 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, CFLs and LEDs also last three to 25 times longer
3. Seal Air Leaks
Don’t wait until biting temperatures make their way to your neighborhood to locate and seal air leaks. By repairing any leaks now, you can help prevent drafty cold spots in your home, which would otherwise cause a spike in your utility bill. For an in depth look into how to detect and seal air leaks, check out HouseLogic’s “How to Inspect Windows and Doors to Stop Air and Water Leaks."
For more tips on how to be energy efficient, schedule an appointment with 24/7 Electric by calling 587-315-1361 or 778-557-1519! As master electricians, we have the expertise to help you save money and keep comfortable year-round.