Saving energy doesn’t have to stop when the weather turns cold. Even when the snow is falling outside you can still go green by reducing the amount of energy you use in the winter. Implementing the following saving energy tips helps reduce your carbon footprint, lower your utility costs and make your home more energy efficient.
Heating and Cooling
- Replace older heating and cooling units with newer energy-efficient models. Make sure the units are the proper size for your home.
- Seal or repair any cracks and holes in your heating and cooling system to prevent air loss thus saving energy.
- Upgrade to programmable thermostats that give you the ability to control your home’s temperature.
- Weatherproof your home by installing weatherstripping around the window and doors. Consider installing door jams on the exterior doors.
- Ensure your heating and cooling unit is well maintained with yearly servicing from a trusted HVAC company.
- Replace dirty or clogged air filters every few months. Dirty and clogged air filters use more energy, cause the HVAC unit to work harder and reduce your indoor air quality.
- Wrap a blanket around your water heater tank. This will keep the heat inside the tank.
- Reduce the water tank temperature to 120 degrees.
- Avoid using hot water when washing clothes and instead use the cold water setting.
- Install foam pipe insulation around pipes to prevent heat loss and help decrease the chance of them freezing.
Appliances, Lighting and Electronics
- Replace older model appliances with newer energy-efficient models. The newer models are usually designed to use less energy.
- Only run the dishwasher when it has a full load. Furthermore, avoid using the sanitation setting on dishwasher.
- Saving energy can be something as simple turning off lights when you leave the room.
- Set electronics to sleep mode when you’re not using them.
For more expert information on saving energy and going green, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors Inc. We are a family-owned business that has served Monmouth County and surrounding areas for three generations.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy savings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.