The average homeowner spends hundreds of dollars each year on energy costs, especially in the summer months when it is easy to turn on the air conditioning. Being mindful of your energy usage will not only help save you money, it will also help the environment. Here are some easy tips to help you be more energy efficient.
- Turn Up Your Thermostat When Away
You can save one to three percent of energy per degree, for each degree set past 72 degrees. Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature such as 78 degrees when you are home, and when you leave, turn it up to 85 degrees. Turning on ceiling fans will help to keep the air movement fluid, which will also make the room cooler.
- Use Your Appliances Wisely
It is best to run larger appliances like washing machines and dryers before 4 p.m. and after 7 p.m. to reduce the peak electricity demand on hot afternoons. If possible, line-dry your clothing outside, rather than in the dryer. Conserve energy by running your dishwasher only when it is full, and let the dishes air-dry rather than turning on the dry cycle.
- Replace Air Conditioner Filters
A dirty air filter can cause your air conditioning system to run longer because it restricts air flow. To maximize the benefit and save energy, replace the air filter based on the recommended user instructions.
- Eliminate Wasted Energy
You can save two percent of energy by turning off appliances, lights, and equipment when not in use. Most electronics are still using energy even when they are turned “off.” Unplug electronics from outlets or power strips if they are not being used.
- Minimize Indoor Heat
Keep your blinds and windows closed during the day and open at night to keep your house cooler. Avoid using large appliances or turning on heat-generating incandescent lighting during the day. Leaky windows and doors are also a source of heat gain and loss. Make sure yours in good condition to stay energy efficient.
If you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient, call Callen today at (414) 765-2825. Our exterior product specialists are happy to do an evaluation of your home. Callen has been providing quality remodeling to Milwaukee customers since 1986.