Achieve your New Year’s resolution to reduce electricity use and lower your bills with these four tips.
Change your Filter
HVAC systems typically use the most electricity in your home; ensuring it’s running as efficiently as possible can help reduce electricity use. Improve the efficiency of your HVAC system by regularly replacing your air filter. The less your system has to work to push air through your filter, the less energy it will use. Replace your air filter regularly to keep things running smoothly.
Seal your Home
Another way to keep your HVAC running smoothly is to insulate your home. Use weather stripping around doors that do not sit flush in their frame. Make sure all windows are sealed correctly. Take note of any drafts you notice in the winter and seal them up, because they will also let in hot air in the summer. These tips will help regulate the temperature in your home and take the pressure off your heating and cooling systems.
LED bulbs use up to 85% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and come in the same colors, sizes, and watts. Though they have a higher price tag, LED bulbs have an average lifespan of 50,000 hours, 48,800 hours more than incandescent bulbs, saving you even more. As your incandescent bulbs go out, replace them with LED bulbs to save energy instantly and money in the long run.
Turn Off and Unplug
When you are not using chargers or appliances, turn them off and unplug them to reduce your electricity usage. Chargers can still draw power when they are plugged in, even if they are not in use. You can also purchase smart plugs and smart power strips, which allow you to set timers and turn off electronics from your smartphone.
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