In these times of downsizing, many Americans are trying to cut costs and save money. Considering that the cost of keeping your home heated and cooled, as well as properly lit, can account for a significant chunk of your paycheck, it makes sense to conserve and economize wherever possible. Here are some ways you can reduce your energy consumption and watch your utility bills shrink.
Disarm the energy vampires in your home
Some appliances and electronics in your home are still drawing power when they’re turned off but remain plugged in. Energy Star estimates that you could be paying $100 a year to power these devices when they don’t need to be plugged in. Of course, you need to see your time displays, but electronic devices generally don’t need to be plugged in when they’re not being charged. In addition to your electronics, unplug chargers for cell phones, iPods and iPads and power tools.
Lowering your heating costs
The heating season in central Florida tends to be short, compared with the rest of the nation. But heating your home can still cost you more than it needs to. Try turning your thermostat down a couple of degrees and investing in a stylish sweater. Alternatively, invest in a humidifier for use during the heating season. Moist air feels warmer than dry air, and you might be able to turn the thermostat down a few degrees without sacrificing comfort.
Lowering your energy cost year-round
- Seal and insulate: Check your home thoroughly for sources of air leaks. In addition to windows and doorways, look for spots where plumbing, wiring and cables enter your home from the outside. Caulk and weatherstrip as required. Also consider boosting your insulation, paying special attention to the attic.
- Take measures to conserve hot water. Have your water heater insulated, and whenever you replace equipment or fixtures, look for those with the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense label.
- Use landscaping for passive cooling during Florida’s warmer months.
Of course, one of the most significant measures you can take to optimize your energy savings is investing in new energy-efficient equipment. If you’re thinking about doing just that, get in touch with Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions. We can help you find a system that’s ideally suited to your home, and we can provide you with myriad other energy-saving ideas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about reducing energy consumption and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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