Are you spending too much on your energy bill? If you're making any of these mistakes, you are. Here’s what you can do to achieve improved energy efficiency.
Improving your energy efficiency doesn't mean that you have to upgrade every single appliance in your home. There are some habits that you can adjust now to make your home more energy and environment-friendly. Here are some mistakes that you could be making right now:
Mistake #1: Leaving your thermostat at the same temperature all the time.
Your heating and cooling system doesn’t need to be running at a comfortable level when you're not at home or when you're sleeping. Adjusting your thermostat by a few degrees every time you're out of the house can save you money.
Mistake #2: Not fixing your drafts.
Drafts around doors and windows are the most popular culprits when it comes to energy waste. If you've been leaving doors open or have a window open a crack, you could be losing a lot of energy to the outside.
Mistake #3: Replacing your bulbs with incandescents.
Though they're cheaper, they burn out a lot more frequently. New LED light bulbs can last up to two decades -- you can even bring them with you the next time you move. These bulbs are much more energy efficient.
Mistake #4: Leaving all your electronics on.
Turn off your lights, computers, and other unused electronics when they aren't in use. This is especially true when the air conditioner is running. All electronics and appliances convert energy into heat and could be working against your HVAC system.
Mistake #5: Not using natural light.
Natural light is beneficial for two reasons: you can use it instead of light bulbs, and it warms your home. When it's colder, such as during the winter months, open the drapes to let warm, natural lighting in. You and your budget will be happier.
Of course, all the habits in the world may not be able to make up for an inefficient HVAC system. If your bill keeps rising, you may want to consult our team at Helms Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. for money-saving HVAC maintenance services designed to maximize your energy efficiency.