Conserving Energy Is a Concern, but There Are Things You Can Do

Conserving Energy Is a Concern, but There Are Things You Can DoConserving energy has become an ever-increasing priority for many homeowners, both to protect the environment and save money. Homeowners can definitely do their share in conserving energy, and many “green” strategies are relatively simple.

Here are seven ways to downsize your family’s footprint and reduce household energy consumption:

  1. Seal the house. Air leaks let heat out in winter and in during summer. Replacing worn weatherstripping around doors and windows closes the gaps that allow outdoor air exchange. Use caulking to seal small cracks and gaps that exist in most homes along joints between walls and floors as well as around penetration points for pipes, vents and electrical conduits.
  2. Reduce hot water consumption. Don’t rinse dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Use cold water in the washing machine where appropriate and put a time limit on showers. Consider a high-efficiency water heater when it’s time to replace your existing unit.
  3. Replace incandescent light bulbs. They’re already being phased out so why wait to save? Install compact fluorescent bulbs; for even greater energy savings, consider LED bulbs.
  4. Program your comfort. Install a programmable thermostat to synch indoor temperatures with daily activities. Use the built-in energy-saving programs or customize one to your own unique requirements. Remember to update the programs for the coming warmer season.
  5. Take advantage of natural cooling by opening up your house on cooler evenings and mornings. This will delay the point at which your A/C kicks on in the morning. Just don’t forget to close the windows before it starts heating up outside.
  6. Schedule regular maintenance on your HVAC equipment, and make sure you keep up on do-it-yourself maintenance such as changing air filters regularly and keeping the area around the outside compressor/condenser clear of grass, weeds and yard debris.
  7. Drive efficiently. The sweet spot for energy efficiency in most vehicles is between 55 and 65 mph. Stay in that range on freeways and avoid jackrabbit starts when driving on surface streets.

A trusted institution in the Wabash Valley since 1922, Paitson Bros. Heating and Air Conditioning has more suggestions to help you do your share in the fight against climate change.

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 conserving energy and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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