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Go Green to Save Some Green

Save Money By Saving Energy

In today’s tough economic state, we’re all looking for ways to save money without sacrificing comfort. If you’re like most people, you’re already doing some things to cut down on energy, such as lowering the heat at night or turning off lights in unoccupied room. To help you save even more, our experts have put together a quick guide to make your home more energy efficient.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, as much as half of the energy utilized in the home goes to heating and cooling. With that, it is imperative that homeowners make smart decisions about their home’s heating, ventilating, and air condition (HVAC) system.

Home Heating

Heating your home is the largest user of energy and offers the greatest opportunity for cost savings. About 30 percent of your total home energy budget goes for heating.

Here are some tips on saving money on your home heating:

  • Replace Old Heating System with Energy Efficient Unit.
  • Install A Programmable Thermostat.
  • Perform Annual Maintenance.
  • Clean or Replace Furnace Filters Regularly.
  • Keep Heat Registers and Air Return Ducts Free of Excess Clutter.
  • Don’t Overheat Your Home and Overwork Your Furnace.
  • Close Attic, Basement, Garage, and Exterior Doors to Keep in Heat.
  • Utilize Ceiling Fans to Circulate Warm Air.

Home Cooling

Cooling your home during the spring and summer months can cost homeowners a lot of money.

Stay comfortable and save money with these energy saving tips:

  • Replace Old Air Conditioning System with High Energy Efficient Rating (EER).
  • Clean Leaves and Debris Away From the Unit.
  • Install Air Conditioner in the Shade to Boost Efficiency By Up to 10 Percent, According to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Install A Programmable Thermostat.
  • Set Thermostat at 78 Degrees During the Day When You’re Home and Higher When You’re Away.
  • Perform Annual Maintenance.
  • Clean or Replace Filters Regularly.
  • Utilize Ceiling Fans to Circulate the Cool Air.

Water Heater

Water heating is a typical family’s third-largest energy expense, accounting for about 14 percent of utility bills.

Here are some helpful tips to combat the expense:

  • Take a Shower Instead of a Bath. You’ll Use Less Hot Water.
  • Install a Low-Flow Aerator or Flow Restrictor on an Existing Shower Head.
  • Set Your Hot Water Heater Temperature.
  • Turn Off Hot Water When You Don’t Need It.
  • Set Water Heater to “Vacation” (if your unit has this feature).
  • Fix Defective Plumbing or Dripping Faucets.
  • Drain the Hot Water Heater Tank Annually.

Appliances

The average American home has about 40 appliances constantly using power– a whopping 10% of all electricity is consumed to power these household items.

Here are some suggestions on saving money:

  • Purchase Energy Star Appliances.
  • Utilize your Dishwasher Only With Full Loads and Select The Shortest Cycle.
  • Thaw Foods and Cut Vegetables Into Small Pieces, They’ll Take Less time to Cook.
  • Wash and Rinse Your Clothes in Cold Water Instead of Hot to Save on Water Heating Costs.
  • Fill Your Clothes Dryer, But Don’t Overload It. Your Clothes Will dry Faster When They Have Room to Tumble.
  • Avoid Opening the Refrigerator or Freezer Door To Browse. Each Time, Cold Air Escapes and Your energy Cost Increase.
  • Unplug Electronics When Not In Use (Computers, DVD Players, VCRs, TVS, Cell Phone Chargers, etc…).

Contact Horizon Services

Although you can perform some of the cost-saving measures mentioned above, hiring the services of professional plumbing and HVAC contractors, like Horizon Services, to perform annual preventative maintenance, facilitate timely repairs, and install and replacement outdated equipment in your home is always the best option.

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