The school break is a time of high energy consumption for most families. Now that fall has arrived and the kids are in class again, you can make up for those big summer energy bills by taking these effective steps that promote back-to-school energy savings:
- Program the thermostat – If you don’t already own and use one, have a programmable thermostat installed and program it for temperature adjustments that mesh with your family’s daily and weekly schedule. For every one-degree adjustment made over an eight-hour period, you can save one percent on your annual energy consumption.
- Shut off unused electronic devices – The phantom load from unused devices can account for up to 10 percent of a family’s yearly energy usage. Since the kids aren’t using their video game consoles, computers and TVs when they’re not home, you can cut this waste by plugging these devices into power strips so they can be shut down during the school day.
- Close window coverings –The energy from the sunshine that hits your home’s windows can cause year-round heat gain. You can avoid cooling costs on warm fall days by closing all your blinds, shades and curtains each morning. As the school year progresses and it gets colder outside, make sure window coverings are left open so you can benefit from the heat energy that radiates in through the glass.
- Have the heating system tested – Scheduling a fall furnace inspection with a knowledgeable HVAC contractor can give you peace of mind that the heating system is in good working order and operating efficiently and safely.
- Schedule a professional energy audit – The various tests and checks performed during an energy audit can identify issues that impact your family’s comfort and your energy consumption during the cold winter months. Your HVAC technician may find that you should add extra R-value to the attic insulation or that you need to seal and weatherize to reduce air leaks.
For more ideas on how to generate back-to-school energy savings in your home in the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts, contact us at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today.
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