Improve Energy Efficiency Before Summer Arrives
As spring approaches its time to take stock of your energy usage. Getting ready for the warmer seasons will help you save energy and more importantly, money.
- Hire a professional to do a once-over on your home’s heating and cooling system. They can tell you the condition of your system, make any necessary repairs and even give you some good energy tips.
- Change the air filter on your system regularly as well. A clogged filter will decrease air flow and make your system work harder, decreasing it’s efficiency and could even lead to costly repairs
- Examine all ductwork running from the system, seal or tape over leaks, especially at the joints. You’d be amazed at now much cool air is lost before it even reaches your vents.
- Look over windows and doors to check for leaks that allow for cool indoor air to escape and let hot summer air to enter. The Chicago Tribune recently had some good advice to pass along about preventing these leaks from costing money.
- Look for hidden energy vampires. These are electronic devices that are plugged in but not being used. Chargers for phones, music players or even power tools can use energy even when not charging.
- Most municipal energy companies offer free programmable thermostats in conjunction with energy conservation programs. Or simply purchase one yourself and use it reduce your energy costs.
- Change out old light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs. Halogen incandescents, CFLs and LEDs can really reduce your energy use.
This is a great time to examine your home for energy loss and to make improvements to improve efficiency. Plus it’s always a good idea to make sure your comfort system is working properly before summer heat sets in and you find yourself wishing it was still winter!