If you’d like to conserve energy and save money, it can seem like a daunting task. Breaking your home down into different areas can make the job a little easier, and you will quickly realize that every room in your house has the potential for energy savings.
- Choose an energy-efficient refrigerator. Refrigerators with the freezer on top are more efficient than side-by-side models. Refrigerators with a built-in ice maker also waste energy, and should be avoided.
- Use your dishwasher wisely. Don’t run the machine until you have a full load of dishes ready to wash, and avoid energy-wasting special cycles.
- Install an efficient and properly- sized vent fan. Use it for a few minutes after showering to remove moisture, but don’t waste energy by turning it on every time you use the bathroom.
- Avoid wasting water by taking short showers, installing low-flush toilets and low-flow shower heads, and repairing leaky faucets.
- Use your ceiling fan to ease the burden on your heating system. Running your fan counterclockwise will make the room feel cooler in summer, while running it clockwise makes it feel warmer in winter.
- Replace old incandescent light bulbs with more efficient fluorescent bulbs, and make sure you turn off any lights when you leave a room.
- Because heat rises, your attic is the room in your house that can potentially lose the most heating energy, so make sure it is well insulated.
- Attics tend to have a lot of air leaks as well, especially around vents, chimneys, ducts, hatches and electrical wires. Prevent energy loss by sealing up these air leaks with caulk, spray foam or weather stripping.
- Have your furnace and ductwork serviced annually to boost HVAC efficiency. Also, make sure your furnace always has clean filters during the heating season; the same goes for your air conditioner in summertime.
- Turn down the thermostat on your water heater. Anything above 120 degrees wastes energy.
The ways you can reduce home energy consumption are almost limitless. For more information on energy savings in the Peachtree City, Newnan and Fayette & Coweta County areas, contact Powers Heating & Air.
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