“Every day we are paying more for energy than we should due to poor insulation, inefficient lights, appliances, and heating and cooling equipment – money we could save by investing in energy efficiency.” – Bernie Sanders
Did you know that September is Energy Saving Month? Well, now you do! This month is dedicated to helping homeowners, like you, better understand home energy use and how to minimize waste and save money. That’s what we like to call a win-win. So, without further ado, here are several ways to cut energy waste.
Home Energy Wasters
Simple Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient during Energy Saving Month
Did you know that some devices, such as televisions, laptops, and DVD players, waste energy despite being turned off? Unplugging electronics that are not in use can help minimize energy usage. This won’t make a dramatic difference, but every little bit counts. Typical energy hogs include:
Winter is Coming…But Not Yet
“If you really want to cut back on your energy use, you need to focus on heating and cooling your home,” said Maria Vargas, spokesperson for EnergyStar.
Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in the average home? That’s right. HVAC is the largest energy expense for most homeowners. One way to help curb energy usage all year round is to invest in a programmable thermostat. By turning your thermostat back for eight hours, you can save as much as 1% for every degree, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Your Biggest Fan
Did you know that ceiling fan rotation also plays a big role in the energy efficiency of your home? When your ceiling fan rotates clockwise (winter) it recirculates warm air that is trapped on the ceiling. Conversely, when your ceiling fan rotates counterclockwise (summer) it pushes air down, and moving air always feels cooler.
By simply switching the rotational direction of your fans during heating and cooling season, you can help supplement your HVAC system and save energy.
Smart Meters = Smart Decisions
VerifEye smart meters provide actionable data that, when acted upon, can result in long-term cost savings of 15% to 20%. With VerifEye™ high-quality electric meters you can receive accurate reporting of the energy usage and energy demand of your entire facility, individual tenants, departments, and even individual pieces of equipment.
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