5 energy wasters to nip in the bud to start saving money
In the battle to save the planet and lower your energy use, you’ve probably already made changes like turning lights off in unoccupied rooms and installing a programmable thermostat. Such changes are certainly an important step in becoming more energy-savvy, but you may not be aware of some of the more effective ways you can maximize your home’s potential. The more upgrades you make, the more money you’ll keep in the bank, all while feeling you’re doing your part to “go green.” Learn more about how to save money and energy today.
How to Save Money and Energy
- Switch to energy-efficient lighting and take your lighting savings to the next level. This is an easy and inexpensive way to make a big difference – swapping traditional incandescent light bulbs with LEDs or CFLs can reduce lighting costs by up to 50 percent.
- Air seal and insulate your home. The holes, cracks and gaps that will inevitably appear in every home’s shell over time can account for a significant amount of energy waste. Inadequate insulation, especially in attics, also plays a big role in heat loss and heat gain. Seal air leaks with caulk and weatherstripping and use insulation with an R-value that’s above 30.
- Upgrade to an energy efficient HVAC system. More than half of the energy used in most homes is dedicated to heating and cooling. By taking advantage of the eco-friendly construction of many modern systems, you’ll enjoy a serious drop in utility costs.
- Install Energy Star appliances, when possible to save 10 to 50 percent more energy compared to traditional models. On top of monthly savings, the government offers cash back incentives on many of these “green” products to make the swap even more appealing to homeowners.
- Get your HVAC system tuned-up bi-annually. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests scheduling pre-season maintenance appointments to avoid needing expensive repair work and to make sure your system works as efficiently as possible.
Do you want more tips on how to save money and energy in your Zeeland area home? Please feel free to contact us at Mast Heating & Cooling anytime.