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Saving Energy, Saving Money

Be a wise homeowner and save money and energy this season.

Be a wise homeowner and save money and energy this season.

In our everyday life, we are always looking for ways to save money and energy, and quite often we can easily do both. From the simple task of turning lights off when you leave the room to a larger job of installing an outdoor kitchen from Top Hat Outdoor Living, saving both energy and money can be a breeze this spring and summer with the following strategies recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Windows

You can keep heat from coming in through your windows by installing energy-efficient window treatments like black-out curtains, blinds, or awnings. These will also keep the cool air trapped inside your home.

Thermostat

If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to where your home is warmer while you are away. Your air conditioner will automatically begin cooling your home before you get home, bringing the temperature down to your normal setting. It also helps to set your thermostat as high as you can stand it during the summer because the difference between the temperatures outside and inside affects your cooling bill.

Ceiling and Ventilating Fans

You can actually raise your thermostat up four degrees when you use a ceiling fan and have no difference in temperature. Just be sure to turn the fan off when you leave the room because ceiling fans only cool people, not rooms, because they create a wind-chill effect. The bathroom fan can also be used to save energy by removing heat and humidity when you shower or bathe.

Cooling System

Be sure to have your HVAC system on a regular maintenance schedule. Also vacuum the registers and keep the filters changed to keep your system running problem-free.

Appliances and Lighting

Avoid using the oven; having an outdoor kitchen with a woodfire oven from Top Hat Outdoor Living, or even just a grill, is an excellent way to still cook yet save energy and keep your home cool during the summer. Install ENERGY STAR lighting products and appliances in your house. Take advantage of daylight instead of artificial light. Avoid heat buildup in your home by not doing a lot of activities that burn a lot of electricity like running a computer. Only run the dishwasher if you have a full load of dishes. Similarly, don’t do small loads of laundry.

Hot Air Leaks

Keep hot air out of your house by caulking air leaks around doors and windows. You can also apply weatherstripping to seal up any openings you may have where hot air is leaking into your home.

Water Heater

Since your water heater can be responsible for up to 25% of your energy consumption, you will want to lower its temperature to 120 degrees, the warm setting, lowering costs and risks of scalding your hands with excessively hot water.

Adapting these simple strategies this season can save you both energy and money as well as keep you and your home comfortable and cool.