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12 Ways to Be Energy-Efficient in 2016

It’s Easier Than You Think

The new year is right around the corner, and you have the opportunity to make 2016 an energy-efficient one. Saving energy not only helps the environment, but it also puts money back into your wallet, so follow these tips and make it your resolution to be more energy-efficient:

1. Air-dry laundry.

Dryers use a lot of energy to dry your clothes, so hang them on a drying rack or outside on a clothing line instead.

2. Don’t idle.

Idling your car wastes gas, so if you know you’re going to be stopped for more than 10 seconds, turn off your car. Also, don’t let your car run in order to warm up in the winter. After about 30 seconds, the most efficient way to warm it is to drive it.

3. Conserve hot water.

If you like to take long showers, make it a point to shorten their length to save hot water. You can also invest in a low-flow shower head to save even more.

4. Install a programmable thermostat.

Keeping the air conditioning or heat on while you’re not home is a big waste of energy, so invest in a programmable thermostat. You’ll be able to program your HVAC system to turn on only when you need it.

5. Keep the freezer full.

Freezers are actually more efficient when they are full, so stock up on whatever’s on sale and don’t waste extra energy to freeze just a few items.

6. Use power strips.

Many appliances use “vampire power”, which means that they draw electrical power when they’re plugged in – even if they’re not turned on. By plugging them into a power strip, you can turn the power strip off and save energy.

7. Seal drafts and leaks.

Drafts and/or air leaks in your home let in outside air and make your HVAC system work harder than it has to to heat or cool the room. Seal them off to use only the amount of energy you need to.

8. Insulate.

If your attic, basement, and/or crawl spaces aren’t insulated well, you could be losing energy through your home.

9. Use fans more.

Before you turn on your air conditioning in the summer, turn to your ceiling fans to cool you off. You can also use your fans in the winter to push warm air downward.

10. Maintain your HVAC system.

An HVAC system that is old or not working properly will likely cost you more money than one that runs smoothly. Contact us. We’ll make sure your system is at its most efficient.

11. Use more foil.

Foil is a great way to reflect heat: Place some underneath your ironing board cover and you’ll be able to iron both sides of your clothing at once. Place a foil-covered board in between a radiator and an outside-facing wall and you’ll be able to reflect the heat back into your home.

12. Fix leaky faucets.

A leaky faucet can waste gallons of water in less time than you may think. If you can’t fix it yourself, call our plumbing service experts. We’ll help.