While spring cleaning this year, take advantage of some energy-saving tips that can reduce your energy costs and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Evaluate the Air Conditioner
With warmer weather quickly approaching, now is the ideal time to evaluate your air conditioner. If your A/C is more than 10 years old, it may be time to replace the unit with a more efficient model. Replacing an inefficient system can result in energy savings of as much as 20 percent.
Use Ceiling Fans
Try using ceiling fans to help supplement air conditioning. Switching your fans to run counterclockwise can push cool air down. The movement of the air makes you feel cooler while saving electricity costs. Just remember that ceiling fans only cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you’re out of the room. And be sure to clean fans first to remove dust and debris.
Utilize Exhaust Fans
Be sure to turn on the exhaust fan over your stove when cooking. This both reduces heat from being released into your home. Exhaust fans should also be run in bathrooms while the shower is in use.
Replace Light Bulbs
Replace incandescent bulbs with more efficient compact fluorescents. These more efficient bulbs both reduce energy costs and generate less heat.
Lower Your Water Heater Temperature
Tank style water heaters run continually to keep the stored water hot. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees provides comfortably hot water and drastically reduces the likelihood of scalding.
For additional spring energy-saving tips or information on how to make your home more energy efficient, contact Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air. Our locally owned business is dedicated to serving the HVAC needs of Vista, San Diego and the surrounding areas.