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3 Energy Saving Tips to Stay Cool This Summer

Summer is just around the corner and chances are your HVAC system in your Burlington, NC is already being used, especially with all this sunshine.You’re not alone—according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration,

“On average, residents living in homes constructed in the 1980s consumed 77 million Btu of total energy at home. By comparison, those living in newer homes, built from 2000 to 2009, consumed 92 million Btu per household, which is 19% more”

That’s a ton of energy, no matter how big or how old your home is. Especially if you’re in an older home, you need to make sure that you’re not wasting unnecessary energy. While it’s important to keep your Burlington, NC home well air conditioned, that doesn’t mean your bill has to be high. Use these 3 energy saving tips to help save energy and your wallet this fall.

1. Terminate Energy Vampires

Vampires don’t exist, but electronics that suck energy when they’re not being used are a very real kind of energy monster. Make sure to unplug DVD players, battery chargers, TVs, and computers when not in use. These devices are constantly using energy. For more help, check out these tips from the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Lessen Power When You Can

As hot as it’s getting, make sure that you don’t use power when you don’t actually need it. Turn off the lights and turn down the air not only when you leave the room or when you’re asleep, but when you don’t need it. Floor fans and taking advantage of cool breezes from open windows is great when you need it. A warmer and less lit house saves money. Of course, don’t make yourself sick. You want to stay adequately cool, just think about good times to turn that thermostat up.

3. Keep Insulating

Insulation not only prevents heat loss, but loss of the cool air you have. Make sure to install storm windows and doors or put up plastic heating to prevent loss. Also insulate attics, exterior walls, under floors, heat ducts, and hot water pipes. This prevents your HVAC having to work harder to circulate air through your Burlington, NC home. This means that with an insulated home, costs will go down.

Want More Help?

Of course, one of the best ways to save energy is to have an efficient HVAC system. At Barber Heating & Air, we are dedicated with maintaining and installing the perfect system for your home. If you’re interested to how we can meet the energy needs for your Burlington, NC home, request a quote or call us at (336) 226-6959.

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