As the cold weather begins a slow retreat northward it’s important to remember that winter isn’t the only season to be energy-conscious. An energy-efficient home will keep your family comfortable while saving you money. There are plenty of things you can do to reduce the dollars slipping through the cracks.
- Have your HVAC system inspected by a professional annually to ensure that it is in proper working order. This includes ductwork and vent filters as well. If ductwork is clogged, a simple cleaning could dramatically boost airflow and improve air quality.
- Making sure your home is properly insulated will help your home retain its comfortable temperature. This includes your attic and your crawlspace if you have them. Take into account the age of your windows as well, old windows may allow for more draftiness and replacing them with double paned energy efficient counterparts could improve your homes insulation. Even caulking and applying weather stripping around drafty windows and doors can help.
- Let your dishes air-dry. In the warm months your house can already be hot and humid, and the kitchen can become unbearable with an oven and dishwasher running simultaneously. If your dishwasher has a heated dry function, disabling it will save you a headache, and some dough.
- Perform maintenance on your water heater. Dropping the temperature just 10 degrees can save you 10% of your water heating bill. Additionally, draining a water heater every six months to remove lime deposits and sediment will help extend the products life as well as improve efficiency.
- If you are in the market for light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products look for the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR labeled products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.