Everyone needs a New Year’s resolution — including your home! We always come up with a list of goals, but one of the easiest and most effective one on our list is being more energy-efficient. Here are a few tips to help your home save energy in 2018.
1. Switch To LED Lights
LED lights have come a long way since they were first made. They now last 25 times longer and consume 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. Just by switching 5 of your most-used bulbs, you can possibly save 9% on energy costs annually!
2. Seal Leaks
Caulk your windows, seal leaks around your chimneys and recessed lighting, and place draft guards under your doors. This can help you save up to 20% on heating costs.
3. Maintain Your HVAC System
Don’t forget to schedule a semi-annual checkup for your HVAC system. It can improve your systems efficiency, saving you money in the long run. You should also consider changing your furnace filters regularly — a dirty furnace will slow down air flow, which makes your system work harder, costing you more money.
4. Turn Electronics Off
Walk around your house, do you see electronics plugged in that you aren’t using? All of those electronics are actually still drawing electricity! Turn off all lights, appliances, and electronics when not in use. We suggest buying a power strip to help turn off multiple items at once.
5. Let The Sun In
You can still get your vitamin D in the winter. Open up your curtains or blinds on your west-and-south-facing windows during the day and naturally heat your home. This can help you save anywhere from 2-12%.
If you experience any problems with your home plumbing or heating systems this year, don’t hesitate to give Dean’s a call. Our professional technicians are here to help keep things running efficiently. Contact us at any one of our three offices:
St. Paul: 651-237-9190
North Metro: 763-515-4852