Spring Energy Saving Tips

Use these to lower your energy costs

home efficiency tips marylandWith the cost of everything so high lately, we’re all looking for ways to save money.

Reducing your energy usage is a fantastic approach to decrease your household expenses. While lowering the thermostat in the winter is usually associated with saving energy, there are things you can do right now in the spring that will help you save on energy costs!

We’ve put together five tips to get you started on savings. 

Use your programmable thermostat

You’d be surprised how many people don’t use their programmable thermostats correctly or at all. If you have central air conditioning or ductless mini-splits, set the thermostat to switch off the A/C just before leaving for the day and turn it back on about a half-hour before your return. Keeping the A/C off for eight hours each day can save you up to 10% on cooling expenses.

Change your light bulbs

If you’re still using incandescent light bulbs, you’re missing out on a great way to cut your energy costs. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) use less than one-third the energy of conventional incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 times longer. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) use one-quarter the energy of traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. 

Turn down the water heater

If your water heater is still at the factory-set temperature of 140˚ Fahrenheit, the U.S. Department of Energy says that can cost you more than $400 a year between stand-by and demand heating loss. In most cases, your water does not have to be this hot, and 140° water is hazardous for infants, children, and the elderly since it is scalding. By setting your water heater to 120˚, you’ll save up to 10% on your water heating costs without sacrificing comfort. We can assist you in upgrading to a more energy-efficient, money-saving water heater like one of our tankless water heaters if your current water heater needs to be replaced.

Be smart with fans

Fans of all kinds can assist you keep cool by moving the air around your house. To draw warmer air away from you, turn the orientation of your ceiling fan blades counterclockwise. Use fans in windows to remove warm air if you have upper stories.

Get your A/C tuned up

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a yearly inspection may reduce your central air conditioning system’s energy consumption by up to 15%. You’ll also save money by avoiding breakdowns and repairs. Now is an excellent time to have your air conditioning serviced, as spring is a less-busy season for service providers.

To schedule your home’s air conditioning inspection, contact Taylor!