Trying to reduce your heating bills in the winter and the air conditioning bills in the summer? Heating our homes and businesses is expensive, and doing so is getting more costly each year. As costs rise and climate change complications increase, more and more of us are searching for cleaner, greener and more affordable home heating and usage options. Being green and adding in energy efficient items into your home doesn’t mean you can’t live comfortably. Taking simple steps can often help you significantly lower your usage and your costs.
Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
Install compact fluorescent light bulbs when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart”power strip that senses when appliances are off.
Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying. If you must use a dryer, consider adding dryer balls to cut drying time.
A great way to also save on energy costs is to ensure your heating and air conditioning systems are running properly. That means regular maintenance and checkups. For Virginia heating and air conditioning service, call on the experienced team at Eastern Tech.