Now that we’re nearing winter in the Greater Cleveland area, there’s no time like the present to create a more energy-efficient home. This can help you save money on your energy bill every month as well as allow you to feel better about doing your part with conserving energy. There are many simple ways to weatherize your home and stay more mindful about your energy consumption. Here are some of the 10 best ways:
- Instead of using an electric blanket, consider putting an extra regular blanket over your bed to keep yourself warm and toasty throughout the night.
- Turn your thermostat down. This may require you to put on an extra layer of clothing while you’re inside the house, but it could be well worth it.
- Make sure that all your lights are off when you leave this room. If you begin to do this as a habit, your conservation level will increase. Teach your children to do the same as well.
- Replace your light bulbs with energy-efficient incandescent ones. You can opt for either LED bulbs or compact fluorescent lamps.
- Increase the insulation in your home. The attic is the easiest place to add insulation and pays off with the biggest energy savings.
- Replace an old, inefficient heating system. You can save money on your electric and natural gas bills by upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace or heat pump.
- Get dual-pane windows. This will allow your home to stay warm during colder months.
- Shop for Energy Star rated appliances. Installing an Energy Star dishwasher, dryer or washing machine will pay off over the long term, while still providing solid performance.
- Consider a professional energy audit. This is a great way to learn about ways in which your home may not be as efficient as you think.
- Make sure you turn off your computer at night because this is another easy way to save energy.
For more advice to create an energy-efficient home, please contact us at Geisel Heating Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We serve the Greater Cleveland area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy efficiency and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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