With the recent focus on environmental awareness, many home owners are realizing the significant imprint their home makes on the planet. Failing to conserve energy could result in untold damage to the planet that supports human life. By loving the planet through energy conservation, you can help to preserve it for generations to come!
Utilize A Zoning System
One of the best ways to cut back on energy used in your home is to utilize a zoning system. Zoning systems allow you to focus conditioned air on the rooms of your house you use the most, thereby saving energy in the unused rooms. This means you can keep your home office toasty warm during the day, then redirect heat to your bedroom at night.
Zoning systems are especially helpful when you have problem areas in your home. For example, having a room with a large window, a poorly insulated attic or a separate room addition can all present energy loss. To prevent this energy loss, only condition occupied rooms and save energy and money on each month!
Many people struggle with high heating and cooling costs because they fail to dress for the climate. Expecting to be comfortable in jeans and a long sleeve tee in the summer is not realistic. You should not have to turn the thermostat down to 60 to stay comfortable.
To save on heating and cooling costs adjust your thermostat lower in the winter and higher in the summer. Dress for the weather and utilize layers or other methods for staying comfortable. Drink iced beverages in the summer and warm cups in winter. Simply layering up with blankets can save you hundreds in the winter.
One of the biggest losses of energy to your home happens with your windows. A poorly insulated window can be responsible for up to a third of your energy loss! To save on this energy loss, utilize insulated window coverings that block cold and sunlight. Open the South facing windows in winter to let warmth and sun in, and keep them closed in summer to prevent heating the house up.
Old furnace filters can gunk up your home’s air quality in more ways than one. A filter in need of replacement will significantly reduce the efficiency of your furnace as well as reduce your home’s air quality. Most filters should be changed in less than 3 months, to keep your home happy and healthy.
All systems putting warm air into your home should be cleaned frequently to prevent energy loss. Take time to clean out warm air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators. Also ensure there are no curtains, furniture or other elements blocking the flow of heat from these systems.