The whirlwind of high-energy activities that takes place during the summer break can put a big dent in a household energy budget. Now that another school year has begun, it’s time to take control of those big energy bills. Just follow these easy tips for back-to-school energy savings:
- Install a programmable thermostat. Use it to program daily temperature adjustments based on your family’s schedule and lifestyle. If you use a programmable thermostat properly, it can cut yearly heating and cooling costs by one percent for each single-degree adjustment you make for an eight-hour period.
- Pull the plug on unused electronics. The phantom loads of these devices can represent 5 to 10 percent of your annual household energy consumption. An alternative to leaving them unplugged is to put all the kids’ video game consoles, tablets, TVs, computers and phone chargers on power strips so they’re easy to shut off when not in use.
- Close the shades and blinds. Although the outdoor temperatures are milder now than in the middle of summer, the sun’s power can still contribute to heat gain in your home. During the first few weeks of the school year, close window coverings during the day. As the temperatures turn colder, leave the blinds and shades open to let free heat radiate into your living space.
- Schedule a heating system exam. You’ll need to know if it’s ready and able to keep your family warm over the winter months, so have the furnace inspected and tuned up by an experienced HVAC pro. When it’s properly maintained, you’ll also know it’s operating safely at maximum efficiency.
- Have an energy audit. Fall is the ideal time to learn what steps to take to increase your home’s energy efficiency and your family’s comfort. During a professional energy audit, your technician can pinpoint trouble spots such as air leaks that need to be sealed, or areas where you need to augment the insulation.
To learn more tips for back-to-school energy savings in your Medway, Hopedale or North Attleboro area home, contact us today at Victory · Heating · Air Conditioning · Plumbing.
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