- Make certain you’re using the right bulbs for your light fixtures – they come in numerous sizes and kinds for different lighting requirements. Change to upgraded light bulbs and reduce energy to as much as 80% with energy-efficient bulbs.
- Use lighting control devices such as electronic timer switches, dimmers, daylighting controls, and motion detectors in your home. Lighting automation can increase the property value and security of your home.
- Set appliances away from the thermostat. Your thermostat may run longer than necessary if you place televisions or lamps near it because the thermostat may sense heat.
- Unplug appliances and electronic devices when not in use. A power strip will allow you to turn off multiple items with one plug. Many electronic devices can draw power even when powered off.
- A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time. Use one that can automatically turn off your cooling system when you are not home, and turn your system on in time for you to arrive home to a cooled house. Lower the temperature when working or sleeping.
- Avoid using space heaters, including electric, kerosene, or propane models. They are expensive to run and can be dangerous.
- Clean the lint filter on the dryer after every use. Dry loads of laundry back to back to minimize heat loss and reduce warm-up and drying time. Wash only full loads of clothes, and assure the water level is set to the minimum requirement.
- Use window blinds by closing them to keep out the sun during warm months, and opening them in cool months as the sun can bring warmth through windows.
- You can raise thermostat temperatures by 3 to 5 degrees if you use your fans. Remember to reverse blades during the winter.
- Solar power and wind energy are renewable, clean, economical and affordable. Rebates can often cover 50% of the installation cost, and with monthly energy savings, your return on a system can show in as little as ten years.
Looking to update your lighting? Call HITECH Communications at (319) 294-9063.