Simple Earth Day energy savers

Simple Earth Day energy savers

Celebrate Earth Day, April 22, by saving energy at home with these 10 tips:

  1. Get an HVAC Tuneup to head off major problems and keep the system running smoothly all summer.
  2. Open a window instead of turning on the air conditioner. On a cool day, turn on your fans to draw spring breezes into the home.
  3. Cook outside on the grill to avoid heating up your house with the stove or oven.
  4. Close the shades. If it’s hot outside, that heat can find its way into your house through the windows and tempt you to crank the A/C up.
  5. Open the shades when it’s sunny but not hot outside to let the natural daylight illuminate your home.
  6. Get a programmable thermostat. It will help you limit how much energy you use by automatically turning the temperature up or down as needed.
  7. Seal the ducts in your central air-conditioning system. Leaky ducts can push up your cooling costs as much as 30 percent.
  8. Caulk around windows and electrical outlets so cool air can’t escape your house and hot air can’t get in.
  9. Keep your home’s humidity levels low by running kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans – only until the smoke or steam clears. Running them too long will suck conditioned air out of the house.
  10. Change your A/C filter. A clogged filter forces your system to work harder and use more energy.

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