Home Energy Savings: The Little Things Mean A Lot

Home energy savings are often not the result of broad, bold steps. Frequently, the greatest improvement comes from a combination of small efforts that work together to provide greater efficiency and interior comfort. There’s a time and place for major projects like upgrading heating and air conditioning equipment or adding insulation to the attic and walls. Your HVAC contractor can advise you on how and when to proceed with these measures. But in the meantime, a number of lower-impact measures you can take yourself may add up to substantial home energy savings.

This winter, consider these steps to increase energy efficiency:

  1. Crank down the thermostat. Every degree below 70 saves you as much as 5 percent in heating costs during daytime hours. Overnight, a setting at 55 degrees can save as much as 20 percent.
  2. Change HVAC air filters once a month. Reduced airflow is one of the most common causes of high heating costs. Dirty filters are a major cause of airflow obstruction.
  3. Close up the gaps. Direct air leaks such as cracks in the home’s structure or gaps around windows and doors allow heat energy to escape in winter and infiltrate the house during summer. This makes heating and cooling units run longer and use excess energy. Fill cracks, and caulk around points of entry for plumbing pipes and electrical conduits. Install weatherstripping to close gaps between the movable surface of doors or windows.
  4. Radiant energy from the sun passes right through window glass. Utilize this free source to heat your home by opening drapes during daylight hours. At night, close the drapes to keep heat energy from conducting back out of the house through windows.
  5. Reduce hot water use. Heating water accounts for a big part of your home energy costs, and showers make up 2/3 of the hot water use. Cutting shower time by one-half will reduce hot water costs by a third.

Serving Wabash Valley homeowners since 1922, Paitson Bros. Heating & Air Conditioning is your local source of trusted HVAC sales and service. Call anytime — we’re ready with more ideas on home energy savings.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about home energy savings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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