How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient

Electricity bills are one thing that can fluctuate up and down for seemingly no reason. Making your home more energy-efficient will help you consume less energy and save more money for the things that are important to you. With just a few easy changes around your home, you can reap the rewards without sacrificing your comfort.

Here are five simple ways to make your home more energy efficient:

1. Regulate the Temperature. One of the biggest monthly expenses homeowners have is their utility bills. Heating in the winter for those unseasonal weather changes and cooling in the summer to combat the heat and humidity can wreak havoc with your budget. One change you can make is to install a programmable thermostat. They’re energy-efficient and will pay for themselves over time. Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-program the temperature for different times of the day, so you use less energy on heating or cooling your living space when no one is home.

2. Dodge the Drafts. Air leaks around the bottom of doors and windows let precious warm or cool air escape while making your HVAC system work harder to keep the temperature consistent. Try using a door duck to prevent the waste of your hot or cold air. A door duck is a long, flat piece of rolled up material that is placed in front of doors to seal out drafts. You can also use a rolled up towel if you can’t find one. Silicone caulk around windows sills seals out window leaks.

3. Run The Dishwasher at Night. Dishwashers make busy families lives a lot easier. A good way to save energy is to run the dishwasher in the evening after dinner. If you load the dishwasher and run it later after the kids have gone to bed, you’ll be saving energy and money by using the appliance during less congested times. The energy rates are lower during off-peak hours.

4. Install Low-flow Showerheads. Low-flow toilets and showerheads waste less water per use. The average toilet uses 5 gallons per flush, while a water-conserving toilet only uses 2.5 gallons per flush, and you can still get a hot 10-minute shower while conserving water.

5. Tune Up Your HVAC System. If you don’t have a regular maintenance plan for your HVAC system, then a yearly tune-up can extend the life of your system and increase its efficiency.

To find out more about how to make your home more energy-efficient, contact B&B Air & Heat. We’re available 24/7 to help with all of your HVAC needs.

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