There are many ways we as individuals can help the environment, and some are easier than you’d think. Here are a few simple actions you can take now to reduce your energy use.
Seal windows and doors. Seal leaks with weather stripping and caulk to keep cool air indoors during warm months and prevent cold air from penetrating the indoors during colder months. Sealing gaps around piping, dryer vents, fans, and outlets also helps to seal the envelope and increase efficiency.
Maintain your HVAC system. Replace your home air filters to allow your HVAC system to run more efficiently Air filters prevent dust and allergens from clogging your HVAC system. Changing the filters makes your unit run more efficiently, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Audit your light bulbs. Swapping out any incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs can make a big difference in home efficiency, and it’s one of the easiest ways to reduce your energy bill.
Examine your smart or programmable thermostat. This is one of the best tools at your fingertips; however, you can only achieve these efficiencies and savings if it is programmed properly and adjusted periodically to keep pace with changes in household routines. Make sure it is programmed for the current season and family schedule.
While these suggestions may not be glamorous actions worthy of a press release or event, they do make a difference.
As we celebrate Earth Day, let’s continue to work together and make a positive impact on our local community – and our beautiful planet.