Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Haney Energy Saving Group: Energy saving tips for spring

After months of winter, it finally comes to an end. Everyone is now expecting lovely flowers to bloom everywhere and there will be an increase in the temperature. Recently, the The Haney Energy Saving Group revealed some energy saving tips to improve the energy efficiency of your home:

Choose window treatments – Each morning, switch off artificial lights and use windows and skylights to take advantage of natural light to brighten your space while reducing heat loss and gain. This also allows you to naturally cool your space without using air conditioners when the temperature is mild. When the temperature rises, you can use window blinds, films, and shades to reduce heat gain.

Use a programmable thermostat – Use a programmable thermostat to save at least 10% per year on your heating and cooling costs.

Install ceiling fans – Use ceiling fans to increase cooling efficiency. It allows you to raise the thermostat setting to 4°F with no reduction in comfort thus helping you to lower your electricity bills. It creates a wind chill effect because the moving air makes it feel as if it cooler on your skin. Remember to turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room because it doesn't cool rooms.

Perform a regular maintenance on you air conditioner – Regular maintenance such as cleaning or replacing air filters keeps your air conditioner functioning as efficiently as possible. This can lower your cooling system’s energy consumption by up to 15%. The air conditioner’s evaporator coil should always be cleaned annually to guarantee the system is functioning at optimal levels.

Reduce energy for water heating – Decrease your water heater's temperature and installing low-flow showerheads to lessen your water heating bills.

Use an electronic power strip – Lots of electronics go into standby mode when you turn them off. Help lessen “phantom loads” or leaking electricity by plugging electronic devices into a power strip and turn it off when not in use. This can save you up to $100 per year.

Cook outdoors – Use an outdoor grill instead of indoor ovens or stoves to keep out the heat from your home.

Seal ducts – Air loss through ducts can lead to high electricity costs up to 30%. Insulating and sealing ducts can lower your electricity bills.

Caulk air leaks – Use a low-cost caulk to seal cracks and openings to keep warm air out and save money.

Visit The Haney Energy Saving Group for additional tips on improving your home’s energy efficiency.