3 Ways to Increase Your Energy Efficiency
Being energy efficient at home starts with the little things: shutting off lights when leaving a room, using shades during the day to keep the sun out, and installing smart thermostats to better control usage. Being smart about your energy use can cut back on how much you're spending on monthly energy bills, plus it can reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment.
Tips to Cutting Back
TDI Air can help you become more energy efficient through the latest heating and cooling products, but here are three things you can do within your own home to cut back. It doesn't have to take a huge effort; even small changes can make a big difference.
Control Your Lighting
You already know to shut the lights off when you're not using them, but you can take that initiative a step further by turning off your electronic devices when you know you'll be away for the day or more. Phantom energy is a big culprit in draining your electric bill. This refers to the use of electricity that occurs even when devices are plugged in but they're not currently in use. Coffee machines, printers, computers...these are all examples of phantom energy suckers. Turn off the devices at the source when you know you won't need them for awhile.
Take a look at your light bulbs, too, because they are the biggest energy drainers of all. If you use one compact fluorescent bulb, you're spending just $9 a year if it's allowed to run all night (think: above kitchen sinks and in hallways); do the same thing with a standard bulb and you're spending a whopping $21. Another way to cut back is to draw the blinds, drapes and curtains to keep the intense sun out of your home during the daylight hours.
2. Seal Rooms and Leaks
Many people have rooms they just don't use all the time, such as guest or craft rooms. Why cool them in the summer? You're just wasting money. Instead, shut the doors to the rooms and close off the vents. Air leaks are another way you're throwing money out the window. Much of your heating and cooling vanishes out small leaks and gaps in your windows and doors, so seal those leaks each season with caulking. Leaks can also occur around electrical outlets, switch plates, baseboards, vents, fans, phone lines, fireplace dampers and window air conditioners, according Energy.gov, so check those too. Invest in energy efficient windows if your existing ones are old.
3. Pay Regular Attention to Your Cooling System
The biggest way to ensure your appliances are running at peak efficiency is to keep up with regular maintenance and tune-ups. Central ACs, for example, that are allowed to build up with debris or that haven't been serviced in awhile can start to slow down. The units have to work harder to achieve the same comfort level, leading to rising energy bills. Be careful about changing filters regularly according to manufacturer directions, as dirty and clogged filters will also slow down your system.
If your existing cooling system or your appliances are getting on in years, it's wise to invest in more energy efficient models to keep your costs down.
Contact TDI Air
We can help you become more energy efficient. Contact us today at 903-597-8381 to learn more about the energy efficient products we sell, service and install.