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Energy-Saving Tips That Are Also Green

If you want to lower your energy consumption to help the environment or if you’re concerned about your environmental footprint, putting these energy-saving tips into play can help. Many homeowners are unaware that their heating and cooling system, along with the water heater, consume the most energy of any system in their homes.

These tips will help you cut their energy consumption:

  • Have your system serviced annually. When a professional HVAC contractor performs an annual checkup, he or she will adjust and clean the parts, inspect the electrical connections and lubricate the motors, as well as look for ductwork leaks. The technicians can bring your system back to its factory settings as much as possible, helping to lower energy consumption. Over time, lack of maintenance drives up energy consumption, reduces system life, and in the case of combustion furnaces, reduces safety.
  • Check the air filter for your home’s HVAC equipment monthly. Nothing drives energy bills up faster than a dirty air filter. It slows the passage of air through the air handler, making the system run longer, which wastes energy and increases wear.
  • Install a programmable thermostat, especially if you’re away on a regular basis. It’s one of the best energy-saving tips to trim heating and cooling expenses because your home doesn’t need to be as warm or cool when you’re away. Each degree you turn the heat down saves from 3 to 5 percent on your energy bills monthly.
  • Humidity the air inside your home. It’ll feel warmer and the healthiest level ranges from 30 to 50 percent.
  • Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees to save energy and extend the heater’s life. Fewer hard water deposits will form at the bottom of the tank, lengthening its life and cutting heating costs.
  • Wrap your water heater in an insulating blanket, being careful to follow the directions precisely, particularly with a gas water heater because it needs proper venting for combustion and exhaust.

For more energy-saving tips for your Alexandria area home, contact HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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