Have You Gotten Into The Habit Of Saving Energy?

If you get into the habit of saving energy, you may be surprised to see how quickly the savings add up on your monthly cooling and heating bills. It’s true, investing in a new, high-efficiency air conditioner or furnace will yield sizable results, but it also requires a significant monetary investment upfront. Changing your habits, however, is free, and the effects over the years are cumulative. Learn what you can do to get into the habit of saving energy.

Are you keeping an eye on what it costs to light your home?

Do you need as many lights when you and your family members are using a room, and do you conscientiously turn them off when you leave? Using only the lights that you need will reduce your energy consumption. To get a better idea of what you could save, take a look at the rating on one of the standard bulbs that you use. If the rating is 40 watts, and you keep it off for an hour, you’ll be saving 0.04kWh. Then take a look at your electric bill to find out what you’re paying for each kWh. Multiply the rate for each kWh by the amount of electricity you’re saving by keeping the light off. In this example, you would save 4 cents for each hour that the light’s off. To boost your savings even more, switch to high-efficiency lighting, one bulb at a time.

Do you use energy-saving settings on your thermostat?

Try raising the thermostat a degree or two in the warmer months and lowering it a degree or two when you’re heating your home. Employing a setting that’s even just a couple of degrees higher or lower — depending on whether you’re cooling or heating — will get you into the habit of saving energy. Dress in layers, taking a layer off when it’s warmer, and putting another one on when it’s cooler. Keep in mind that larger thermostats setbacks and set forwards lead to greater savings, especially when you opt to employ them for at least one eight-hour period per day — for example, when you’re at work or at school.

Are you addressing potential energy losses/gains through windows?

In the winter, keeping your drapes open on south-facing windows allows your home to benefit from heat gain. During the summer, you’ll want to close the drapes to block heat gain.

If you would like a whole-house assessment of your home’s performance, along with tips for getting into the habit of saving energy, contact Beyer Boys. We’ve served greater San Antonio since 1990. Give us call, or visit our website for more information.

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