Energy Saving Tips for Your Home

April 7, 2020 11:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Looking for ways to save some money around the house while also reducing your carbon footprint? There are a lot of ways you can cut down on your energy usage at home in a way that’s beneficial for both the environment and your bank account. You don’t even necessarily have to make significant changes to start making a difference.

Here are a few examples of some home energy saving tips to keep in mind if you’re looking to cut down on your energy consumption in Syracuse, IN:

  • HVAC: Whenever you install new heating or cooling equipment, such as a furnace or central air conditioner, it’s important that you make sure you get a unit that is designed for heating or cooling the amount of space in your home, and that you work with a team of professionals to get it installed correctly. Oversized equipment can cause a lot of extra noise, and can also cycle on and off more frequently than a unit that is the correct size. This will result in a lot of wasted energy, as well as a greater likelihood of early wear and tear and the need for premature replacement.
  • Check door sweeps: One of the biggest sources of heat transfer into or out of the home is air leaks. Air leeks commonly occur at the bottoms of doors leading into and out of the house. It can help to install door sweeps (if you don’t already have them) to better seal off the gaps at the bottom of the door. If you have a door sweep in place but still feel air coming through, check to make sure it’s in good condition, and if not, replace it.
  • Minimize car usage: If you don’t have to use your cars for a trip, try to avoid it. Whenever possible, combine trips, walk, ride your bike or use public transportation. An average person who leaves the car at home two extra days a week beyond their average usage will help cut out more than 1,500 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions every year. Think of the potential benefits for the environment if everyone were to take this step!
  • Car efficiency: If you do use your vehicles, make sure you do so in a way that maximizes their efficiency. Keep your tires inflated to proper levels to get reliably efficient miles per gallon. Keep up with oil changes and standard preventative maintenance. Avoid speeding or other driving behaviors that increase fuel consumption.
  • Check porch lights: The porch light is a fixture that is perhaps the most frequently used light in a home, one that remains “on” for longer periods of time than other fixtures. This makes it a great location to use a more efficient product. Your porch lights will last for much longer and consume much less energy if you go with LED options.

These are just a few examples of some simple steps you can take around the home and with your vehicle to cut down on your energy consumption, but there are many more strategies you can take. Contact Buhrt Builders Inc. today for more home energy saving tips in Syracuse, IN.

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