Home energy efficiency is achieved one step at a time. Some of those steps — such as upgrading to a high-efficiency heating and cooling system — are big ones. But there are many smaller ways, too, to cut your energy bill throughout the year.
Here are five ways to reduce your household’s energy consumption, no matter the season:
- Change your HVAC system’s air filters. Cooling and heating equipment, including window-mounted air conditioners, have filters that should be checked monthly and cleaned or replaced (depending on the type) when they’re dirty. The equipment runs more efficiently and effectively with clean filters, which trap airborne particles to improve your indoor air quality and protect your HVAC system.
- Close your curtains on the south and west sides of your home during the hottest days of summer. Blocking the sun means blocking the heat, and that helps your A/C cool your home more effectively.
- Insulate your attic for both winter and summer energy savings. Laying fiberglass batting is a relatively simple — and cost-effective — project, reducing unwanted heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the cooler months.
- Install weather stripping around windows and doors to block drafts, which lead to energy waste by forcing your air conditioner to work extra hard.
- Consider planting bushes and trees around your home. They can act as shade barriers in the summer and block wind in the winter.
For more ideas and expert advice about improving your home energy efficiency, as well as other issues related to home comfort, contact All Year Heating, Air and Solar. We’ve been serving homeowners throughout Greater Sacramento since 1969.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about home energy efficiency and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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