10 tips for energy savings from MyHEAT
Winter is over (hopefully!) and the days are getting longer and warmer. The start of a new season is a perfect time to think about your home’s energy efficiency and how you can adjust to the hot summer weather and prepare for the next cold winter.
We’ve put together some tips to help you get started. Some can be quickly and easily incorporate into your routine, while others may take a little more time and effort. As you pack away your winter jacket and start to tackle spring cleaning, here is how you can make energy savings part of your spring cleaning checklist:
1. See where energy is escaping your home: Find your address on the MyHEAT website to see where your home may struggle to keep cool air in through the summer and out during the winter. It can help you find opportunities to upgrade insulation and seal air leaks.
2. Rethink your thermostat: Installing a programmable thermostat can save up you up to 10% on heating and cooling costs each year. Better yet, use your windows to your advantage. If it cools off at night where you live, turn off your cooling system, open your windows while you sleep, and shut them again in the morning to capture the cool air.
3. Seal for savings: Make sure the harsh winter didn’t leave any gaps or cracks around your windows and doors. Feel around for air leaks with your hand or use incense to create a smoke stream–you’ll get the best results on a windy day. Seal air leaks with weatherstripping or a caulking gun.
4. Save water, save energy: Lower the temperature of your water heater and install low-flow shower heads. You can also install a faucet aerator, which can save you up to $20 a year!
5. HVAC checkup: Book a seasonal inspection of your heating and cooling systems. Replace air filters and clean any dust or debris away from your air conditioner, vents, and registers. Make sure that sure furniture isn’t blocking your air flow.
6. Beware of phantom loads: Did you know that a lot of electronics are still using energy even when they are turned off? Use power bars for all electric equipment and save up to $100 a year by turning off the bar when the items are not in use.
7. Get the grill ready: Warm weather means outdoor cooking which is a great way to keep your kitchen cool. Clean the inside and outside of the grill and then make sure to check the gas lines for holes or cracks. (Remember to invite us for a BBQ!)
8. Don’t forget your fridge: Keep refrigerator coils clean by removing dust and dirt buildup to promote air circulation which will reduce its energy consumption.
9. Upgrade your insulation: The weather is warm, but don’t forget those high utility bills that got you feeling blue last winter. Making sure that you have adequate insulation is important to minimize heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer.
10. Find rebates: Finally, don’t forget to check out rebates for energy efficient home improvements that may be available in your area! Many utility providers and municipalities offer programs to help homeowners and businesses save money and energy.
For a detailed look at how you can save energy, we recommend contacting a professional home energy advisor to help you discover your best path to energy savings!
Chelsea Froklage, Marketing & Design Lead at MyHEAT
Daygan Fowler, Energy Efficiency Program Manager at MyHEAT