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Tips for How to Save Energy in Your Home

With energy costs only going up, homeowners everywhere are looking for methods to lower monthly utility costs. If you’re wondering how to save energy, there are several simple steps to move toward a more energy-efficient home.

Seal air leaks

By repairing damaged caulking to windows or purchasing new windows altogether, you can make your home more airtight and energy efficient. Door draft stoppers, too, may be a good idea if warm air is leaking often in the winter or getting inside in the summer. Installing sufficient home insulation in the attic spaces and wall cavities also will ensure that your HVAC system won’t have to work overtime to maintain a comfortable and consistent temperature.

Consider Energy Star

Energy Star certified appliances are a practical investment to consider if you’re wondering how to save energy. Replacing outdated appliances, refrigerators, washers and driers with Energy Star alternatives will consume less energy when being used and save money on utility bills.

Purchase a Programmable Thermostat

A good programmable thermostat lets you schedule your heating and cooling according to your daily and weekly schedules. It will set back the temperature during times when you’re at work and asleep, so you don’t have to remember to do it yourself. New models have advanced “smart” features that provide you with remote control from your cell phone or computer.

Use power strips

Using power strips for computers or television entertainment centers can greatly reduce the energy costs of unused, standby power. Power strips can also protect your expensive electronics from power surges during severe weather. Many power strips are able to automatically detect when certain appliances are not being used and cut the appliance or electronic component off from extracting electricity from the grid. Remember: So long as an appliance is plugged in, it will use electricity, regardless of whether it’s being used or not.

If you’re looking for more answers to HVAC questions or techniques for saving energy in your home throughout the year, contact a friendly professional at Airwise Heating & Air Conditioning. Since 1988, residents of Tarrant County, Forth Worth and Benbrook have relied on us for anything and everything HVAC related.