Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency Are Easier Than You Might Think
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we discussed a variety of ways to maximize your monthly energy efficiency while increasing your energy savings, including the proper use of your thermostat, energy-efficient lighting and ceiling fans, how to prevent phantom power draw, and more.
In this post, we’ll look at three additional steps any homeowner can take to help control their energy usage and costs.
Landscaping for Energy Efficiency
Strategically-placed trees can improve the energy efficiency of your home year ‘round. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, planting large deciduous trees on the south and west sides of your home will shade it from the scorching summer sun; reducing your monthly cooling costs by as much as 25 percent. Because they drop their leaves during the winter months, they’ll allow sunlight to reach and you’re your home during the cold months. Planting large evergreen trees on the north side of your property will shield your home from frigid winter winds, which will help you control your heating costs.
Clean or Replace Filters for Energy Efficiency
As is the case with any other machine, your heating and air conditioning system must be kept clean in order for it to operate at peak efficiency to provide the maximum energy savings. Most experts recommend a yearly air conditioning tune-up to ensure that your system is clean and functioning properly. You should also clean or replace your filters regularly. In most cases, filters should be cleaned or replaced every three months. Read the manufacturer’s label concerning the recommended replacement schedule for that specific filter.
Close and Cover Doors and Windows for Energy Savings
One of the simplest ways to conserve energy in your home is by simply ensuring your doors and windows are properly closed and sealed. A quick inspection of your doors and windows will tell whether or not they’re closing tightly. If not, replace or repair any malfunctioning hardware and weather stripping. Storm doors and windows will also reduce heat exchange. Closing shades and curtains at night will have the same.
Do you have other ideas on how to reduce household energy usage while maximizing energy savings? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below.