Many homeowners don’t realize how much energy seeps out of their house each day. According to experts, many homes — including new ones — act more like sieves than like sealed buildings. No one wants a house that wastes energy and money. Legacy professionals have put together the easiest and quickest tips to make your home energy efficient. Any don’t worry – it won’t cost you nearly as much as you would think!
1. Maintain your heating and cooling system
The best way to keep your equipment running at peak performance is to have a licensed HVAC professional do annual tuneups. It’s also important to clean or change air filters once a month.
2. Seal air leaks
Fixing leaks around your home will help you get the full performance out of insulation. The biggest gaps are usually found in the attic and basement.
3. Seal ducts
Ducts that are damaged or blocked can leak conditioned air and reduce your system efficiency by as much as 20%. You can improve your duct performance by calling an HVAC professional.
4. Replace old equipment with ENERGY STAR® products
When purchasing heating or cooling equipment, look for the ENERGY STAR label. These products use advanced technology to help you save on energy bills and improve the comfort in your home.
Legacy carries many ENERGY STAR approved products, including all furnaces by Coleman, Trane and Goodman.
5. Make sure equipment is the right size for your home
Remember that bigger isn’t necessarily better. If the heating or cooling unit is too large for your home, it will frequently cycle on and off, which wastes energy. Plus, it won’t run long enough to remove humidity from the air, which can impact the comfort and health of your home.
6. Install a programmable thermostat
An ENERGY STAR® qualified thermostat when properly used can save you about $100 every year in energy costs. To maximize savings, it’s important to keep the thermostat at energy-saving temperatures for long periods of time, whether it’s during the day when you’re at work or through the night.
7. Change five lights
If every household replaced five frequently used light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs such as halogen incandescents or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), one trillion pounds of greenhouse gases would be prevented from going into the air.
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