We have just one planet, so it’s important to take steps to protect it. Environmental consciousness encourages good global citizenship and social awareness. Along with this, saving energy doesn’t have to be a challenge. Here are five great ways to save energy in the fall.
1. Upgrade the Window Trimmings
Consider installing insulated window shades. In addition to decreasing cold air drafts, this type of window shade gives the exterior of your home an updated look. When you fit blinds to your home’s windows, you’ll be adding an extra layer of insulation.
2. Add Greenery to the Exterior
Plant greenery like evergreens along the exterior of your home. The plants break the wind, decreasing your home’s heating costs. According to the Department of Energy, you should plant them on the north and northwest of your home.
3. Lower the Temperature of Your Hot Water Heater
You may not know that the temperature of your hot water heater is set higher than you need. If it is, then it’s using needless energy. Set the temperature at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is more than enough. Also, make sure that your heater is wrapped in an insulating material.
4. Change the Air Filter
An easy way to save energy this fall is to change the air filters regularly. This step prevents energy-sucking clogs. When the air filter doesn’t allow air to flow in and out easily, your furnace will work longer and harder than it needs to. At Service Plus Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we’ll change your air filter during our maintenance visits.
5. Wash Clothes in Cold Water
Small conservation efforts make the biggest difference over time. Start washing your clothes in cold water. This saves energy because you won’t be heating water to wash them. Cold water will clean them just fine, and you won’t have to worry about your clothes shrinking.
Help from an Energy Professional
Along with these five great ways to save energy, you can also have your heating and cooling system maintained regularly. This keeps your system operating efficiently, it saves energy and it decreases your utility bills. At Service Plus Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Aurora, we provide maintenance services. Through us, 24/7 emergency service is available for your heating and cooling system. We also offer installations and repairs. Call us to make an appointment today.