Making The Most Of Your Energy Use This Year
As the holidays come upon us, it’s the time of year when people reflect on the past 12 months and what they want to do differently for the new year. If you are looking to make a New Year’s Resolution, why not resolve to use less energy? There are a number of things you can do to cut back. If you do your part, the environment will thank you for it. Star Energy Partners has a few ideas on how you can cut back on energy use and increase the energy efficiency of your home. And, the best news is, these are all things you can do yourself.
Item 1: Insulate Windows
Wait until the weather is warm enough and then caulk or weather strip around your windows. Watch for cracks and wear and tear around the windows. Insulating them will help keep the air out of your house so your temperature controlled air stays in. That will allow you better energy efficiency overall. If your windows are really bad and leaky, you may need new windows to take care of the problem long-term.
Item 2: Insulate Doors
Similar to the windows, apply weather stripping along the outside of a door’s frame to keep it insulated. You can also place a long strip along the bottom to insulate that crack as well. If your door is old and flimsy, consider a new energy efficient version.
Item 3: Install Ceiling Fans
Sure, ceiling fans feel good when you’re hot in the summer, but they do a lot more for energy efficiency than you might think, even in the winter. Turn them on the opposite way in the winter and they will push the warm air down and keep your house warmer. In the summer, they will make you feel cooler so you don’t have to crank the air as low.
Item 4: Put In A Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t already have a thermostat you can program, a thermostat is one of the simplest ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home. The installation process is easy enough and you can regulate your home’s temperature around your schedule. In the winter, you can keep things cooler at night when you are asleep under blankets. You can also turn the heat down when you are at the office or when you’re away for the weekend. You can restrict your heating and cooling to the times when you need it the most and save energy.
Item 5: Find A Clean Energy Provider
One of the biggest ways you can save energy is to forget about your regular utility company and find a clean energy provider instead. Star Energy Partners can switch you over without you doing any of the work with your old company at all. You will save tons of non-renewable energy because you will be working with only clean energy from that time forward. Contact Star Energy Partners for an estimate on our services.