How to Squeeze the Most Efficiency out of Your Home’s Energy Use

How to Squeeze the Most Efficiency out of Your Home’s Energy Use
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    Reducing your home's energy usage offers several benefits for both you and your neighbors.


You’ll love the reduction in your energy bills, which you can lower significantly with just a few tweaks to your daily routine to increase energy savings. Your neighbors and community members will appreciate the fact that less energy usage means you’re making a smaller impact on the environment we all share.

In the Kitchen

Small changes in the kitchen will eke out more efficiency and reduce your energy bills. Microwaves use 80% less energy than ovens. So nuke what you can when preparing meals and snacks. When you do use your oven, cook your food on the top rack. It’s hotter and will cook your food faster. When cooking on your stove top, always use the burner that most closely matches the size of your pan and cover your pots and pans with lids to speed the cooking process. Move your refrigerator and freezer if they are located near a heating vent or your oven and stove.

Throughout the Home

Your heating and cooling systems comprise a large part of your home’s energy usage. To minimize their energy savings, schedule inspections of your HVAC equipment twice a year rather than performing maintenance only when something goes wrong. A trained professionals, like those at Hartman Heating, Air and Fireplaces, know that you can keep your equipment operating at peak efficiency to minimize your energy usage. Change HVAC system filters once a month and make sure you are setting your thermostat to the optimal temperatures recommended by your furnace and air conditioner manufacturers.

In the Laundry Room

The laundry room is another area where homes often use more energy than they should. To use less energy, wait to do laundry until you have a full load and wash your clothes in warm water rather than hot. Always clean the lint trap before using your dryer; this also reduces the appliance’s energy use and the risk of fire. When the weather permits, hang your clothes out on the line to dry. They will smell great and air drying uses zero energy.

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Of course, it is important to remember the more common and well-known solutions to energy efficiency problems as well. Replace your insulation when necessary and make sure all of your home’s windows are double-paned for increased efficiency. You’ll also find your home becoming more energy efficient as you replace older appliances with new ones as necessary. With a good tube of caulk to seal up drafts and a few minor lifestyle changes, you can greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your energy bills.

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