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    3 Ridiculously Easy Ways to be Energy Efficient at Home

    3 Ridiculously Easy Ways to be Energy Efficient at Home

    August 21, 2018

    3 Ridiculously Easy Ways to be Energy Efficient at Home

    An energy efficient home is proof that you can have your cake and eat it too. Homeowners often
    associate energy efficiency with loss of comfort. This couldn’t be further from the truth. When you
    choose to be more energy conscious at home, you will experience increased levels of comfort in
    addition to monthly savings. We have three very simple ways for you to improve energy
    efficiency at home. Our hope is that you will notice just how much of a difference these small
    changes will make, inspiring you to make even more changes in your home.

    1. Install a Programmable Thermostat

    Programmable thermostats allow you to fine-tune the temperature in your home to match your
    daily schedule. Gone are the days where you must wage an inner war over which matters
    more: having adequate heat or enough money to pay your mortgage. By installing a
    programmable thermostat, you can set your heat to turn off while you’re away, and turn back
    on before you arrive home. The lower (or higher, depending on the season) your settings, the
    more you’ll save. For every lowered degree, you can expect to save one to two percent
    monthly. When you set the thermostat back seven to 10 degrees for a period of eight hours,
    you can save up to ten percent on your yearly costs. If you commit to this routine, you’ll soon
    find yourself with quite a bit of savings in your pocket.

    While monthly savings tend to be the leading factor homeowners switch to programmable
    thermostats, there are numerous other benefits, including:

    • Control – Most programmable thermostats have digital displays, enabling you to have
      total control over the comfort levels in your home. More high-tech models have Wi-Fi
      capabilities, allowing users to adjust temperature settings using their smartphone,
      laptop or tablet.
    • Simplicity – No longer will you need to constantly adjust the temperature. With a
      programmable thermostat, you can set it and forget it.
    • Constant Comfort – You can set your desired temperatures for when you’re asleep,
      awake, and away. No matter what time it is, you can rest assured you’ll always be
      comfortable.

    We recommend hiring a licensed professional to install your programmable thermostat. This will
    ensure the installation process is done correctly. An improper installation can lead to discomfort as
    well as increased energy costs, which is precisely what you’re trying to avoid!

    2. Install Energy Efficient Lighting

    Your indoor lighting accounts for close to 20 percent of your monthly energy costs, which in our
    books is considerable. As licensed and professional electricians, we think it our duty to help
    homeowners find cost-effective ways to light their homes without having to break the bank. That’s
    why we offer energy efficient packages to our customers. As a certified Lutron dealer, we canhelp determine the best energy efficient products for your home. We specialize in the installation
    of the following:

    • Lutron Automated Home Systems
    • Occupancy Home Sensors
    • LED Recessed Lighting
    • Automated Blind Systems
    • Dimmer Switches

    Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) boast numerous advantages
    over traditional incandescent bulbs. In addition to using 25 percent to 85 percent less energy than
    incandescent bulbs, CFLs and LEDs also last three to 25 times longer

    3. Seal Air Leaks

    Don’t wait until biting temperatures make their way to your neighborhood to locate and seal air
    leaks. By repairing any leaks now, you can help prevent drafty cold spots in your home, which
    would otherwise cause a spike in your utility bill. For an in depth look into how to detect and seal
    air leaks, check out HouseLogic’s “How to Inspect Windows and Doors to Stop Air and Water
    Leaks
    .”