Many homeowners are willing to do what they can to help the environment, and if they can save energy and money in the process, that’s even better. So, where do you start? Use these seven energy saving tips to reduce your household’s need for regular plumbing and heating services in Altoona, PA:
- Seal up air leaks: You shouldn’t be able to feel air coming in from around windows and doors. Luckily, there’s an easy and affordable fix for that: apply weather stripping or caulking. The most obvious benefit of sealing up air leaks and properly insulating doors and windows is the money you can save on your heating and cooling bills. Another major benefit is increased comfort inside your home. The air from the furnace or AC stays inside, and the outdoor air stays outside.
- Use window covers and treatments: Blinds, curtains, drapes and even shutters and solar film are great additions to most residential windows and exterior glass doors. When closed on hot days, curtains block out the sun, and you might be able to use the air conditioner less. Open them up on colder days to let in the warmth from the sun.
- Switch to LED: If you’re on a quest to create a more energy-efficient home, start by changing to light bulbs that save energy: LED light bulbs. LED lighting uses a lot less energy and lasts longer than traditional lighting options. Switching to LED is a relatively inexpensive decision, and these bulbs can be used in many different areas in your home.
- Turn off lights and appliances: It takes little effort to turn off lights. If you’re leaving a room and don’t plan on coming back soon, flick the light switch off. You can even install automatic light switches that turn on and off according to a schedule. Another energy saving tip is to turn off or unplug small appliances and electronic devices when you are not using them. Many people are unaware that an electronic that’s plugged into an outlet continues to use electricity, even when powered off.
- Wash clothes in cold water: Most clothing does just fine being washed in cold water. Using cold water saves energy, but so does selecting a shorter wash cycle and washing full loads, rather than partial ones. Washing full loads usually means using your washer less often.
- Use water saving devices: Take a look at your home’s plumbing. There are things you can replace in your bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room to save water and save money on your water bills, such as installing low-flow faucets and showerheads and replacing old water-guzzling toilets with more water-efficient ones.
- Install a new HVAC system: How old is your HVAC system? Your AC unit, heating unit and/or ductwork could be wasting energy. Get an HVAC inspection to determine the system’s status and whether replacing any part of it is recommended.
If you need a professional to take a look at your heating, cooling, ductwork or plumbing in Altoona, PA, contact Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating Inc. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to learn about all our services!