Cracks in the walls, or gaps around windows and doors allows air to escape or to enter your home, thus putting more of a burden on your homes heating and air conditioning system. By sealing windows, doors and cracks around your home, you’ll be putting less stress on your homes heating and air conditioning system, and reducing your home’s energy bills.
The majority of the typical home’s energy consumption is expended by heating and cooling the home. In addition to sealing the home, as mentioned above, it is also important to make sure that your home is properly insulated. Attic and wall insulation is especially important to create a radiant barrier that will keep the heat in during the winter, and keep it out during the summer.
Running your heater or air conditioning all day and night, is a costly way to stay comfortable. Instead, spring for a new digital, programmable thermostat. This will allow you to set a predetermined schedule; keeping you cool or warm, only when you need it. Thus saving substantially on the monthly utility bill.
Unplug devices when you aren’t using them
It’s a fact; everyone leaves everything plugged in all of the time, even if the devices are “turned off”. However, those devices that you think are turned off are still drawing electrical current. They are called vampire energy drainers, and they still suck electricity, even when not in use. The best way to combat this situation, even though it may inconvenient, is to unplug electronics when you’re not using them.
Upgrade to LED lighting
There is a nominal cost to switch over to LED lighting, however that cost can be quickly offset by the fact that LED lights are up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting such as fluorescent and incandescent lights. Additionally, 95% of the energy in LEDs is converted into light and only 5% is wasted as heat. The overall reduction in energy consumption means lower electricity bills for you, as well as reducing the demand from power plants, which decreases greenhouse gas emissions.
Of course, regardless of what measures you take to reduce your monthly energy expenditures, the only sure fire way to make them disappear entirely is to GO SOLAR, and completely eliminate your electricity bills. When you are ready to go solar, be sure to contact San Diego’s solar experts; 180 Solar Power.