Energy-Saving Tips for All Seasons
Energy saving should always be on your mind. Not only does being energy-conscious help the environment, but it also helps you to save money. There are many cases in which your HVAC unit isn’t running efficiently no matter what the season, and your energy bill is through the roof. If you don’t live in an area that stays at a comfortable temperature all year long, you most likely rely on a lot of energy to keep your home at the right temperature all year. To avoid breaking your bank, here are some energy-saving tips for all seasons:
Winter/Fall Energy-Saving Tips
- Seal air leaks and duct works. Sealing ductwork is the number one way to save energy and it is important to seal the ductwork at joints and intersections throughout your home. You can properly seal them with duct sealer of silicone caulk. Sealing air leaks can include your fireplace, attic pull-downs, stair openings, and holes or pipes going into and out of your home.
- Insulation upgrade. Low-cost insulation upgrades can include buying heavier curtains for the windows in your home, and weather-stripping or caulking your windows and doors. Higher-cost insulation upgrades can include hiring a professional to install upgraded insulation in your attic and crawl spaces.
Summer/Spring Energy-Saving Tips
- Fans. During this heated time, having fans all around your home can help circulate the air so it doesn’t remain stiff and stifling. Fans can make your home seem to be about 10 degrees cooler without actually changing the thermostat and it can cut energy cooling costs by almost 25 percent. Your fans should be moving counterclockwise during these seasons to push air down toward your body and clockwise during the colder months to pull air upwards. Turn your fans off if you’re not in the room because you are just wasting energy. Their job is to cool you, not the room.
- Ventilation. If you have an attic fan, make sure it is working properly because ventilation is another great way of cooling your house off while saving energy. Check your bathroom and laundry fans to make sure they are ventilated outside to pull heat and humidity out of your home. Strategically opening windows can also be an excellent energy-saving option. Opening windows that are not in direct sunlight or at nighttime when it is cooler outside, can let warm air out and cool air in.