Ok, so this may not be the most glamorous post you’ll come across on our site, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hugely important. Whether or not you believe in global warming, you’re certainly aware of just how crowded our world is becoming. Add it all up and you’ve got exponentially more people fighting for a slice of resources that isn’t growing as quickly. As our industries struggle to come up with new sources of energy, the reality is we need to do whatever we can to make those resources we do have stretch further. So in this post we’re going to discuss some things you can do in your Charlotte home that will allow you to use less energy, save money, and still provide all the comfort and warmth you expect from your humble abode.
Energy savings tips
There are basically 2 different approaches to saving energy:
- reducing the amount of energy used by the mechanical systems and appliances necessary to ‘power’ your home
- conserving the energy emitted by those systems
Let’s delve into the first bucket…
Heating & Cooling/Lighting/Appliances/Electronics
When it comes to ensuring your home remains a comfortable temperature during the summer and the winter, here are some tips:
- change the direction of your fan based on the season – in the winter, run it at a low speed in the clockwise direction. In the summer, switch the direction to run counter-clockwise.
- Make sure windows and doors are shut in the summer when you’re running your AC system.
- Clean your AC condenser filter (or replace it if necessary). The same goes for your furnace filter…it’s recommended you replace it every 3 months.
- Set your thermostat on auto so that it conserves energy and only kicks on your comfort system when necessary instead of running it all the time.
- hire a professional to tune-up your comfort systems before the summer and winter.
For lighting, the key is two-fold:
- replace existing bulbs with CFL bulbs.
- set timers for the lights or otherwise cap their usage to when you only need them. Let’s face it, sometimes you walk into your house only to realize that every single light is on. It takes a conscious effort to break that habit, but it can help you conserve a lot of energy over time if you can!
Appliances are the main drain on energy usage inside of a home. As such, they represent the best opportunity to conserve energy. Here’s a few useful tips:
- re-heat food using your microwave instead of oven.
- when it comes to your fridge, set the temperature between 30-42 degrees Fahrenheit.
- if your fridge is more than 15 years old, you may look at replacing it with a new energy-efficient model.
- keep your freezer full…it uses less energy that way.
- if you’re washing and drying clothes, try to do several loads at once. This will allow your dryer to stay warm and not have to cool down fully and then warm back up.
- set your dishwasher on the setting called ‘economy mode’.