If another Northeast Ohio winter has got you thinking about energy savings, there’s no better time than the present to get started. To reduce energy consumption and save money, consider your home in two ways: as a whole unit and on a room-by-room basis.
Your House: One Room At A Time
Think about all the different rooms in your house and how you can reduce the amount of energy you use in each one.
- In your kitchen: Don’t run your dishwasher until you have a full load, and avoid using special cycles. Cook with small appliances whenever possible; they use less energy than stoves and ovens.
- In your bathroom: Install an efficient and properly sized vent fan, and run it for a few minutes after showering. Use a low-flow showerhead and take shorter showers.
- In your living room: Unplug electronics when not in use, or use a power strip as a central turn-off point. If you have a fireplace, close the damper when not in use.
- In your attic: Seal up air leaks, and make sure your attic is well-insulated.
- In your basement: Have your furnace and air conditioner serviced annually, and change the air filters every three months, or more frequently during high-use seasons. Only run washers and dryers with a full load, wash in cold water, and dry clothes outdoors on a clothesline whenever possible.
Your House: Whole-House Savings
Consider these measures to save energy throughout your home.
- Install a programmable thermostat. You can save money by setting it to heat your house less at night and when you’re not home.
- Update your lighting. Replace old incandescent light bulbs with more efficient fluorescents. Be sure to turn lights off when you leave a room.
- Use windows to your advantage. Leave the blinds open on sunny winter days to let the sun heat your house, then shut the shades at night to seal in the heat.
To find out more about energy savings in your home, contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing for more information. We’ve been serving the Greater Cleveland area for more than 75 years.
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