Fall is in full swing and chances are your HVAC system in your Burlington, NC home is as well. In fact, 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 lot of energy, regardless of home age or size. Especially if you’re living 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 heated and air well circulated, that doesn’t mean your energy bill has to go up. Take these 3 smart tips to help save energy and your wallet this fall.
1. Stop Energy Vampires
Vampires don’t exist, but appliances that suck energy when they’re not being used are a very real kind of energy monster. Unplug DVD players, battery chargers, TVs, and computers when not in use. They are constantly using energy.
2. Turn Off the Lights and Turn Down the Heat
Don’t use power when you don’t actually need it. Turn off the lights and turn down the heat not only when you leave the room or when you’re asleep, but when you don’t need it. Take advantage of natural light and getting cuddly with some blankets. A cooler and less lit house saves money. Of course, don’t make yourself sick. You want to stay adequately warm, just think about good times to turn that thermostat down.
3. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate.
Make sure to install storm windows and doors or put up plastic heating to prevent heat loss. Also insulate attics, exterior walls, under floors, heat ducts, and hot water pipes. This prevents your HVAC having to work harder to circulate heat through your Burlington, NC home. This means that with an insulated home, costs will go down.
What Else Can You Do?
Of course, one of the easiest 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.