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8 Ways to Go Green and Save Energy

Reduce Emissions, Save Money

At Timothy Off, we know that homeowners are always looking for ways to save money on their energy bills. Follow these eight easy tips and reduce your energy dependence:

1. Wash your clothes in cold water

Clothes will get just as clean in cold water as they will in hot, so do all of your laundry in cold water and you’ll save money on your electric bill.

2. Change up your light bulbs

Energy efficient light bulbs like LEDs, CFLs, and halogen incandescents will cost you more money up front, but you’ll save energy and money on your electric bill in the long run. Plus, you won’t have to replace them as often as regular incandescent light bulbs.

3. Clean/replace your filters

Routinely clean or replace the filters in your HVAC unit (or invest in professional HVAC services like ours to do it for you!). Clean filters allow air to flow through more easily, so your equipment won’t have to use as much energy to heat or cool your home.

4. Use your shades

If you close your window shades or curtains in the summer, you’ll keep out the warmth of the sun and not have to turn your air conditioner up as high. If you open them in the winter, you won’t have to turn your heat up as much.

5. Unplug appliances

Even though you may not be using your appliances, they still draw an electric current. Unplug any appliance you’re not using and you’ll reduce your electricity consumption.

6. Seal out leaks

Caulk and weather-strip the areas around your doors, windows, chimney, and air vents to prevent air leaks. You’ll heat and cool your home better.

7. Invest in ENERGY STAR products

If you’re in need of a new HVAC unit, heat pump, refrigerator, water heater, or other equipment, invest in an ENERGY STAR-approved product. They are created to use minimum amounts of energy and save you money.

8. Fix or replace leaky faucets

Call up a quality plumber (we can help!) and have them fix or replace your leaky faucets – even small drips can lead to gallons of water wasted each year. Also, invest in low-flow shower heads to reduce the amount of water you use.