Saving energy doesn’t always mean getting new appliances, installing insulation, or replacing windows. In an Atlantic Builders home, we have Energy Star certified features that save you money, but there are still more things that you are able to do in your new home to continue to lower your energy bills and protect the environment.
Use your laundry machines & dishwasher wisely. Cutting costs on laundry is easy… Simply stop using heat whenever possible, pack the right amount of clothing and dishes into the machines, and do loads at night.
Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters restrict airflow, causing the HVAC system to run longer and use more energy. Check if your vents are closed. Closing vents will actually raise your energy costs.
Actually program the thermostat! A lot of energy costs come from heating and cooling unused spaces. Program the thermostat to warm or cool your home when you’re actually there, and to switch off when you’re away or asleep.
Close the door. Close attic, basement, garage and exterior doors to prevent drafts and keep in heat or A/C.
Unplug electronics. Any electronic gizmo that stays plugged in when not in use is sucking up your money. Do a nightly sweep to make sure all your electric devices are turned off before you go to bed.
Consider your light bulbs. Turn off lights you aren’t using. Replace 60-watt light bulbs with compact fluorescents or LEDs.
Set the water heater at 120 degrees. Not only does heating your water too hot create the danger of scalding, it costs you cash. The EPA estimates that a heater set at 140 degrees or higher can waste $36 to $61 annually in standby heat losses to keep water at that temperature, and more than $400 to bring fresh water up to that temperature.
Help your refrigerator/freezer work more efficiently. Leave room in front of a refrigerator/freezer to allow cold air to circulate better. Since frozen food stays cold longer than air, it’s good to keep the freezer full, but not packed.
Soften those rays. Closing the curtains and lowering the blinds on the sunny side of your house will help keep you cooler on hot days.