Are You Losing Dollars to Energy Loss?
According to Benefits.gov, a White House initiative to build, launch, and manage a government-to citizen website, the average American spends around $2,000 per household on energy costs every year. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that money spent on electricity and other cooling-related energy costs outpaces the consumption of natural gas by nearly double.
To help you and your loved ones save money and stay cool this summer, the U.S. Department of Energy points out some simple things you can do around the house to stop losing dollars to energy loss.
- Consider upgrading the traditional light bulbs in your home. According to Energy Saver, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) consumer resource on saving energy and using renewable energy technologies at home, by switching to brighter, safer, and more eco-friendly ENERGY STAR® qualified LED light bulbs, you'll wind up using 70% less energy than with traditional bulbs.
- Turn off your computers and monitors when not in use. You can also plug your home electronics (TVs, DVD players) into power strips that you can easily turn off when the equipment is not in use.
- Lower your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Identify air leaks in your home and seal them. According to the S. Department of Energy, unless your home was specifically built for energy efficiency, you can most likely reduce your energy bills by adding more insulation. Many older homes have less insulation than homes built today, but adding insulation to a newer home can pay for itself within just a few years. Insulation inhibits heat flow through the building envelope of your home, ultimately saving money, improving comfort, and even helping to prevent energy loss and water damage caused by frozen pipes.
Another great way to stop losing dollars to energy loss is air duct cleaning. Research by the U.S. EPA has demonstrated that HVAC system cleaning may allow systems to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components. Clean, efficient systems are less likely to break down, have a longer life span, and generally operate more effectively than dirty systems.
More info? For more information on improving your home's energy efficiency, check out our other post, Increase Energy Efficiency with Spring Duct Cleaning.
Call 877-800-2382 to schedule an air duct cleaning with AdvantaClean today!