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Five Ways to Conserve Energy at Home

Conserving energy is always a hot topic and there are many things you can do around your home to do just that. Making an effort to conserve energy will not only help you lower the bills you pay, but it can also help you reduce your overall energy use.

Check out these five energy-saving suggestions from Choice Comfort Services:

1) Throw out the incandescent light bulbs! A simple change of light bulbs from incandescent to other alternative solutions will help you improve the energy efficiency of your home, prolonging the life of your lighting and allowing you to actually see better with brighter lights! Choose more efficient fluorescent, LED or other types of lights that get the job done better and without as much wasted effort.

2) Is your insulation up to snuff? If you want to have proper energy efficiency during the cold winter months or the dog days of summer, you have to have proper insulation. If you have poor insulation, you will find it really hard to keep your home warm or cool during the various seasons. We suggest that you run an energy audit to see whether there are any weak spots that need to be dealt with and improved.

3) Tackle any air leaks! Air leaks are just as pesky as poor insulation. When you do your audit, make sure you are testing for air leaks, as this is often the culprit for keeping your energy bills high and making it really hard to heat or cool your home.

4) Power down the electronics. Shutting off the screen time is not just something we should tell our kids to do! Powering down and even unplugging electronics to give them rest until you need them once again can further help keep your bills low. Believe it or not, “vampire energy” is responsible for a lot of the power consumption around your home when you’re out, so you will see a noticeable difference when you shut down the unused electronics in your home.

5) Ensure you have good windows.  Windows should have good insulation to keep the heat in and the cold out! Some windows come with excellent insulation properties that will be felt immediately after they are installed, so do your homework before you make any new purchases.

Depending on your system and the size of your home, heating and cooling expenses traditionally make up the largest portion of a homeowner’s utility bills. That’s why it is so important to get regular checkups on your systems as well as following the tips above to keep those costs under control. I’m sure we could all think of things we’d rather be doing with those found dollars!