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  • 6 Energy-Saving Resolutions for the Home

    January 17, 2020

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    January 2020 isn’t just the start of a new year. It’s the dawning of a new decade. As 2019 came to a close, it’s likely that you scrambled to think of your best New Year’s resolution, but now that we’re halfway through the month, you may have realized that that goal wasn’t all that important. Might we suggest something more environmentally conscious? Here are 6 energy-saving resolutions for the home.

    1. Turn Off Lights When You’re Not Using Them

    You may have been so hounded by this rule growing up that you lost all willpower to follow through as an adult. Or: You may have children who, despite your best efforts, can’t seem to find the light switch.

    Either way, turning off lights when you’re not using them is a great way to save on energy. You might invest in smart light bulbs that can be turned on and off remotely or purchase motion-sensor lights.

    2. Unplug Appliances

    Did you know that your appliances could still be using energy, even if they’re not turned on? As long as an appliance or electronic device is plugged in, power is surging from it to your energy source and back, wasting precious energy and racking up your electric bill.

    You can save incredible amounts of energy by unplugging appliances when you’re not using them.

    3. Invest in Solar Panels or a Wind Turbine

    Another way to save energy is to gather it more efficiently. You can do this through the use of solar panels or a wind turbine. Here’s a Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar and tips for Installing and Maintaining a Small Wind Electric System by Energy.Gov.

    4. Give Your HVAC Unit a Break

    You may have your thermostat set in such a way that you often forget your HVAC is running. You’re so comfortable that you don’t consider your HVAC at all. On nice days though, a running HVAC system is a waste of energy and money. Give your HVAC unit a break every once in a while by shutting if off when the weather’s nice.

    5. Purchase a Smart Thermostat

    A smart thermostat is a great asset when you’re trying to save energy in your home. Using your smart phone, you can program your thermostat to read at certain temperatures throughout the day. You can set it to make your home cool while you sleep but then gradually warm it up in the hours before you wake up. Not only do smart thermostats save energy, but they also make it easier to relax in your home.

    6. Get a More Energy-Efficient HVAC Unit

    Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many breaks your HVAC system gets or how helpful your smart thermostat is. If your HVAC unit is more than 10 years old, it’s likely that it wasn’t made with energy efficiency in mind. Newer models are made to accommodate modern home comfort needs and fit with more powerful electrical systems.

    If you’re ready to install a smart thermostat or get a more energy-efficient HVAC model, call the HVAC experts at Crawford Services today.