Homeowners everywhere are feeling the crunch of higher utility costs. Lowering your energy use in your Atlanta home can not only save you money but can also lower your carbon footprint and help you do your part for the environment. There are many different areas in your house to make your Atlanta home energy efficient, and many useful habits that you and your family can develop, in order to do this!
Here are some tips to lower your energy use and make your Atlanta home energy efficient:
- Unplug things when not in use. Standby or “vampire” energy can cost you big time, so make a simple habit of unplugging things like small kitchen appliances, computers, TVs, and other electronics when you’re done using them.
- Use passive lighting and cooling. You can enjoy bright natural light during the day and get fresh air into your home simply by opening your windows/blinds. This can save you from turning on lights, fans, and even your HVAC.
- Wash in cold water. Your laundry will get just as clean in cold water, and you will, too. Try to switch to cooler temps for laundry, showers, and more.
- Use timers. Lights can easily be hooked up to timers for easy conservation.
- Install a programmable smart thermostat to easily keep your home at the right temperature.
- Change your lightbulbs to energy-efficient LEDs and remember to turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Take shorter showers. It takes a lot of energy to heat up water, so try to cut down your shower time and save!
- Only run full loads. Your washing machine and dishwasher will be more efficient if you wait until you have a full load before running them.
- Install ceiling fans or a whole house fan. This is a cheaper, passive way to cool your home.
- Get a whole home energy inspection- a professional electrician can identify areas where you are wasting energy and offer suggestions for improvement.
Ready to make your Atlanta home energy efficient? Get in touch with us at Pat Murphy Electric to schedule your service call today!