How to Save Energy This Year
It’s a new year, which means you get a fresh start when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. This year, how about making some resolutions that focus on home energy goals? At Timothy Off, our Downingtown heating company has a few suggestions:
Harvest Natural Light
During the winter, open up your curtains and blinds and let the sun shine through your windows. You’ll provide your home with a little extra heat (plus a lot of extra light) and keep your heater from working so hard.
Clean Your Refrigerator
We’re not talking about the inside – we’re talking about the condenser coils. When these coils get dirty with dust, hair, dander, and more, they can affect the efficiency of your refrigerator. This year, unplug your fridge and remove its base grill, if necessary. Then, take a coil brush and brush the build-up from your coils. Vacuum up the debris, then plug your fridge back in.
Keep Doors Open
Whether you’re running your heat or your air conditioning, keep the interior doors of your home open to allow the air to flow more freely. These can include your bedroom doors, bathroom doors, office door, and laundry room door.
Use Light When You Need It
Save some money on your electrical bill this year. If you have a habit of turning on several lights once it gets dark, think twice and only turn on the lights you really need (say, the kitchen light if you’re cooking or the family room light if you’re watching television).
If you’re in the market for a new appliance this year, choose one that’s ENERGYSTAR-approved. These appliances have to meet certain standards set by the program in order to be considered energy-efficient, and will save you money in the long run.
Use More Cold Water
Sure, we all love using hot water to wash our hands, dishes, laundry, and more, but by using more cold water, you’ll reduce your dependence on your hot water heater. While the common impression is that you need hot water in order to clean things properly, cold water can get things just as clean, if paired with soap or detergent. So the next time you go to turn on the hot water, turn on the cold instead.