By AJ Danboise
Do you ever think about how much energy you waste throughout each day? According to The Energy Collective, the United States wastes about 58% of energy produced. YIKES! How much of that 58% do you think you’re contributing to? Chances are it is a small amount, but we could all be a bit more conscious of how much energy we are using. A study by the U.S. Department of Energy, a typical family spends about $1,600 a year on electricity utilities! You can help reduce your carbon footprint with these tips with energy savings below, while also saving some money in the long run.
Install Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are a great way to reduce energy in the home. With a fan in each room, you can afford to shut off the central air conditioner in lieu of fan ventilation. They are a great way of getting your rooms cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. With ceiling fans, by simply changing the direction they spin, you can accommodate for the season. Have them spin clockwise to bring warm air down during the winter and counterclockwise to create cooler air in the summer.
Switch to Energy-Efficient
Make the change to more energy savings to help cut electricity costs. According to Energy.gov, you can save an estimated 25-80% on energy by making the switch to energy-efficient light bulbs like compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), halogen incandescent, and light emitting diodes (LED). Additionally, these lighting options last longer than traditional lighting. By switching to energy-efficient lighting options, you can reduce how much lighting you use on the daily while also helping the planet.
In addition to using more energy-efficient lighting, you can install a dimmer to help ensure additional control over how much electricity you’re using. Dimmers help you use only the amount of light you need, utilize less wattage, and, of course, save some money. With a dimmer, you can increase the life of your light bulbs. You can also use these switches to add ambiance to your rooms. Whether you are setting the mood for a romantic dinner, or turning down the lights to let your significant other sleep soundly while you get in a chapter of your favorite boo
Replace Appliances with Energy-Star
Have you ever wondered what that star on your appliance packaging means? It is the symbol that certifies appliances with Energy Star. According to Energy Star you can save money and turn your home into an energy-efficient machine by switching your energy draining appliances with their approved brands. They have a variety of products to choose from; refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, ceiling fans and much more. You can make the switch to lowering your carbon footprint today.
Whether your changes are small, like shutting off lights you are not using, or big, by changing out major energy appliances for Energy Star efficient ones – any change makes a difference. Regardless of how you want to help lower your energy waste, making an effort helps the overall cause. You can also contact the experts at AJ Danboise Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical to help you as well. We are here to make sure your HVAC needs are met and provide you with the highest customer service. Call us at (248) 453-2337 to speak with a professional today!