While your kids are surely a joy, they also use a lot of energy while they’re home for the summer. Now that fall has arrived, though, there are several types of back-to-school energy savings that you can enjoy. Here are a few that we especially like:
- Turn up your thermostat — With the kids gone, fewer people will be in your home during the day. This means you can increase the temperature by a few degrees and save some energy.
- Install a programmable thermostat — If your home doesn’t already have a programmable thermostat, now is a great time to install one. These devices allow you to program the days and times during which your HVAC equipment is switched on. For more control, choose a Wi-Fi version, which will allow you to make changes remotely through an Internet or Wi-Fi connection.
- Unplug electronics — If you’re like most households, your kids have been using electronics such as video game systems during their summer break. These devices — along with cellphone chargers, Blu-Ray players, and others — use energy even when they’re turned off. To put a stop to this, unplug them.
- Shut the curtains — Since the fall season is still a little warm during the day, close your curtains, blinds, or shades. This will help your air conditioning system to work less, saving a good amount of energy each month.
- Schedule a tune-up — With the kids no longer underfoot, this is the opportunity to hire a professional HVAC technician to tune up your heating and cooling systems. This will prolong your system’s life span and improve energy efficiency.
- Ask for an audit — If you want to know how energy-efficient your home is, then it’s time to schedule a home audit, which will pinpoint any problems. By heeding a technician’s advice, you’ll have the opportunity to make changes that will help you improve its efficiency.
For more advice on back-to-school energy savings or any other home comfort questions, please contact the professionals at Pipe Works Services We’ve been serving the heating, cooling and plumbing needs of Morris, Essex, Somerset, and Union Counties since 2000.