Earth Day is April 22 and it’s a great time to make some energy adjustments to your home. Every little bit you do helps keep our planet healthy, and as an added bonus will cut down your energy costs. Pick one tip to start with, or go big and try all seven!
- Roughly half of the average home’s energy costs are spent on heating and cooling. One way to reduce your air conditioning costs is through regular maintenance of your HVAC unit. Call in a pro every 2 to 3 years to inspect your unit and keep it running at peak efficiency.
- Another way to reduce energy costs on your heating and cooling is by using a programmable thermostat. Be sure to adjust the schedule to turn off your A/C when you are not at home. Also, consider using a ceiling fan along with your air conditioning. This will allow you to set the thermostat to a higher temperature without you feeling the difference since the fan will circulate the cool air more efficiently.
- Landscaping is an area that often gets overlooked by homeowners looking to improve home energy efficiency. Place trees, shrubs or vines strategically to create effective shade in the summer, maximize the warming effects of the sun in the winter or act as a windbreak. A well-planned landscape can save up to 25% of the energy used by a typical household.
- Heating the water you use in your home can account for up to 25% of the energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to around 120°F to save energy. Or consider switching to a tankless water heater, which is more energy efficient than traditional storage versions.
- In our technical age, we have many household appliances, media devices, and computers. These devices use energy when they are plugged in–even when they are not in use. An easy way to save money is to unplug your idle electronics. (Bonus tip: power strips make it easy to kill power with the flip of a switch).
- Did you know that about 10% of your home energy costs are spent on lighting? Save up to 75% of that energy by switching all of your lights to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). CFL bulbs last longer, which means you save even more money on fewer replacements.
- Even a slow-dripping faucet can waste 20 gallons of water per day; larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. Check your faucets and pipes for leaks and call in a plumber to make any needed repairs.
A few adjustments can help you save a bundle on your home energy costs and is good for the environment. Mr. Green Plumbing is glad to support all of your plumbing, heating and cooling needs and can help you make your home more energy efficient. Contact our experts today to learn more.