The United States wastes more energy than any other country in the world. Some ways in which we waste energy are obvious, such as leaving appliances on when they are not being used. If we evaluate our activities we would be sure to find ways in which we can reduce or ideally eliminate energy waste each day.
Evaluate All Possible Energy Wasters in Your Home
A simple look around your home will likely reveal many sources of energy waste.
- Look for cracks or separations around windows and doors. These vulnerable areas can let unwanted air into your home and cause your air conditioning system to work harder, and consume more energy. These can be easily repaired using material such as weatherstripping or caulk.
- Be sure to unplug equipment such as video games, computers, printers, and televisions when they are not being used. These and similar items continue to use standby power even when turned off. Power strips are an effective alternative. You can cut the power to several items by simply turning off the power strip.
- Ensure everyone in your household remembers to turn lights off if they are leaving rooms for extended periods.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat and learn to program your thermostat correctly. Proper thermostat use can greatly improve HVAC system efficiency and reduce energy waste.
When upgrading or buying new appliances, look for those with the Energy Star label. These appliances are designed to be more energy efficient and to save you money.
Invest in an Energy Audit
To conserve energy and save money, a home evaluation is a must. Although there are many measures you can take to save energy, a professional energy audit is the best way to identify sources of waste and implement effective solutions. During the audit, a certified HVAC contractor will examine each room in your home, as well as outside, to locate sources of energy waste. He or she will then provide you with a proper plan to improve energy efficiency.
To learn more about how you can turn your home into a smarter and greener safe haven, contact Accurate Comfort Services, Inc. at 239-389-9600. We provide effective systems and services you can count on to improve energy efficiency in your home.