Having an energy efficient living space is about much more than just being trendy, it is beneficial to the environment and your bank account! Upgrading your electrical fixtures or components to newer, energy efficient systems can help lower your energy costs, increase the comfort of your home, and even extend the life of your equipment. Not sure where to begin? Here are some quick and easy tips that will get you up to speed on the newest technologies and processes that can help!
- Seal all Windows and Door Frames
If your windows or doors are drafty, your AC is most likely working extra hard to make up for the inflowing or outflowing air. Consider adding weatherstripping around the frames to seal any cracks or crevices to keep inside air in and outside air out.
- Add Insulation to your Attic
Similar to sealing off window and door frames, adding insulation to your attic seals off air leaks, which can help you save on heating and cooling costs. Insulation to control air flow not only makes your home more comfortable, but it is also cost effective!
- Unplug Unused Chargers and Appliances
Most people don’t think twice about leaving a phone charger or a toaster oven plugged in, even while they aren’t in use. However, what you may not realize is that these cords still suck up plenty of energy. Collectively, they can be responsible for up to 10% of your energy bill!
- Replace Incandescent Bulbs
Changing incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) can save 75% of your bulb’s energy. CFLs provide longer lasting and more energy efficient light. With all the light bulbs in your house, the difference adds up!
- Perform an Energy Audit
Professional energy auditors use special tools and skills to evaluate the energy efficiency in your home. They can help you determine improvements or opportunities to save money and conserve energy.
- Home Automation
Home automation helps ensure that the electricity in your home is used efficiently, thereby saving energy and reducing waste. With devices that control systems such as climate, lighting and water, you can easily monitor and manage the functions in your “smart” home.
If you’re tired of your energy bills skyrocketing, consider implementing some of these ideas to make your home more green. Miller’s Services provides professional repair, replacement or installation for electrical projects, with you and your family’s best interest in mind. For more information on energy efficient solutions, call us today at (804) 758-4314.