There are a million and one reasons to look for ways to make your home more energy-efficient, from money you lose when you lose energy, to the impact wasted energy has on the environment. However, many people are simply unsure where to start. Keep reading to get some simple tips and then contact Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200 for a free energy efficiency audit.
Use Smart Power Strips
If you’re going to be using power strips, they should always be smart power strips. Why? Because certain devices can keep drawing power even when you think they are turned off – and this could be costing as much as $200 per year in wasted energy. You can avoid this by unplugging each device when it is not in use, or you can invest in a smart power strip that does all the hard work for you.
There are a number of smart power strips in today’s market. Some come with a master switch that you flip when you are not using any of the items that are plugged into it. Others are more advanced and have motion sensors or voltage sensitivity controls that do the hard work for you.
Make Sure You Keep Your Heating and Cooling System in Great Shape
If you are like the average homeowner, you will spend about $2,000 every year on your energy bills – and about half of that is the cost of heating and cooling your home. Make sure your air filters are changed on scheduled and get tune-ups each year. These simple steps can keep your costs low.
Check Your Refrigerator Settings
Energy Star offers recommendations that fridges should be between 35F and 38F. This is cool enough to keep food fresh and safe, yet it is not so cold that you are wasting energy. You can keep an eye on the temperature you have your freezer set at too.
Talk to Your Window and Door Company
Your windows and doors could be letting out a significant amount of treated air. They could also be letting in plenty of cool and hot air. The solutions to these issues may be as simple as caulking or weather stripping around your windows and doors. This helps to seal any leaks that maybe there. Other options include replacing your windows and doors with more energy-efficient options.
If you are interested in a free energy audit, you want to learn more about replacing your windows, or you have questions about exterior doors, then we welcome your call to Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200. You can also stop by our showroom to see examples of our products first hand.