4 Ways to be More Energy Efficient in 2018
With the arrival of a brand-new year comes endless opportunities for change and growth. Of course, you don’t have to wait until a new year to make positive adjustments to your way of living. Each day carries the potential for new beginnings. Start 2018 off right by choosing to be more energy efficient! Trying to come up with resolutions you’ll actually keep can be arduous and overwhelming. By taking the simpler route – going green – you can rest easy knowing the process will be far from stressful, not to mention you’ll start reaping benefits almost immediately. What’s even better, is we’ll take all the anxiety out of the planning by giving you some easy ways to be more efficient in the home.
1. Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, you’re living primordially. Just kidding! But really, millions of homeowners are making the switch to programmable thermostats because of the many benefits they offer. Here’s what you will enjoy when you install a programmable thermostat in your Calgary or Victoria home:
Lower Energy Bill – Say hello to savings! You’ll quickly see a return on your new investment. During winter, you can expect to lower your energy costs by one percent for every degree the thermostat is set back to. Conversely, in the summer you should turn your thermostat up. To experience noticeable savings, you’ll want to maintain your temperature for at least an 8-hour period.
Convenience – After programming your desired temperatures for each day, sit back and let your thermostat do the rest. Programmable thermostats come in a variety of makes and models, so you can choose whichever one suits your personality and living habits. You can choose from a 7-day thermostat, 5+2 thermostat (five-day work week schedule and a two-day weekend schedule), or a smart thermostat, which is Wi-Fi enabled. If you need help determining which type of thermostat you’d benefit from the most, call a licensed professional.
Increased Comfort – No longer will you have to suffer through the cold while you wait for your heat to kick on and warm up your home. You can program your thermostat so that the heat turns on before you arrive, allowing you to feel instantly comfortable. This also applies to summer time, when the outside temperatures are just too hot.
2. Upgrade to Energy Star Appliances
While the initial investment cost is a bit more, you will see a noticeable return soon after your purchase. Whether you’d like to replace your dishwasher, ceiling fans, furnace, clothes dryer or refrigerator, rest assured there’s an Energy Star solution for you! Check out this resource on why choosing Energy Star is a gift that keeps on giving.
3. Upgrade Your Home’s Lighting
Lights are more than just a convenience, they’re a necessity for daily living. From the time you get up until you tuck yourself into bed at night, you use lights to help you with just about all your tasks. Since lighting accounts for five to ten percent of your energy costs, it’s essential to equip your home with the most energy efficient lights you can afford. If you’re unable to change out every bulb in your home, start with the five bulbs you use the most.
There are four choices for energy efficient lighting: halogen incandescent, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), light emitting diodes (LEDs) and smart bulbs, which can be controlled via your smart phone. Finding out which bulb is best for your home all depends on your needs. The good news is that they all boast numerous advantages, including:
- On average, they use 25-80 percent less energy than traditional bulbs.
- They last 3-25 times longer than traditional bulbs.
- They can reduce your cooling costs, as they produce very little heat.
Energy efficient bulbs do cost more upfront, but rest assured the benefits will outweigh their higher price. If you need help installing energy efficient lighting in your home, give the experts at 24/7 Electric a call! We can help determine the best lighting for your needs and budget.
4. Have a Professional Perform an Energy Audit
Having a licensed professional complete a home energy audit will allow you to see where exactly your home is suffering the most. Maybe you’ve got some air leakage in your attic, windows or doors; perhaps you have some energy-sucking appliances that need replacing; or your ductwork is in bad shape, leading to high heating and cooling costs as well as poor indoor air quality.
Once you have the results of your comprehensive energy audit, you’ll be able to tackle one-byone, all the things that are causing your energy bill to sky rocket. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to complete everything at once. It’s okay to take it slow. Start with the simpler fixes and then move down the list to the more complex repairs or installations.
However you go about being more energy-conscious this year, consider 24/7 Electric a great resource for advice, repairs, installations and more. We have the expertise to help ensure your home thrives. Give us a call today at (587)-315-1361 or (778)-557-1519.