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You want to save energy in your home, but have you considered all the places you can save energy outside your home? You can reduce your energy use by properly sizing your air conditioning and heating equipment, using modern technology for outdoor lighting, sealing air leaks in your home's outer "shell" and reducing your car use. Use these helpful tips to help you save energy and do your part for the environment.
Save Energy with Properly-Sized Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment
When it comes to your home's heating and cooling equipment, bigger is NOT always better. If you're buying a new furnace or central air conditioner, make sure it's properly sized for your home to maximize energy efficiency, comfort and life span of the unit. Over-sized equipment can be excessively noisy, and won't be able to provide the comfort you want. Also, over-sized equipment cycles on and off more than necessary, which can cause it to break down more often and shortens its life span - so you'll need to replace it sooner. On the other hand, under-sized equipment will have to work harder to achieve the same results as a properly sized unit. This uses more energy and increases wear and tear, which can lead to premature failure. Need help? Contact your local Building Energy Pros.
Porch lights and other outdoor lamps are some of the most used lighting fixtures in a home, and it's a great place to use energy-saving technology. Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or LEDs and a new ENERGY STAR qualified outdoor light fixture. Other energy-saving solutions include motion sensors that automatically turn lights on when someone is there, and photocells that turn lights on at nightfall and off in daylight. These devices can help you save energy while keeping your home more secure.
Air Seal Your Home's "Envelope"
The "envelope" of your home - also known as the "thermal boundary" or "shell" - consists of the outer walls, windows, doors, floors and ceiling of the house. Inadequate insulation and air leaks through the thermal boundary are common problems that lead to high energy bills and uncomfortable conditions in the home. You can avoid higher than necessary energy bills and increase your in-home comfort by properly air sealing and insulating the building "shell". Use the Guide to ENERGY STAR Home Sealing for step-by-step instructions for adding insulation in the attic and sealing air leaks.
Drive Less and Save Energy
You can save a significant amount of energy and help the environment by leaving your car at home whenever possible. Use other means of transportation such as public transit, walking or biking - or car-pool with friends or co-workers. You can save 1,590 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions each year by leaving your car at home just two days a week. If you need to use your car, combine trips whenever possible. Keep your tires properly inflated to improve your gas mileage and prolong the life of your tires. With regular maintenance and care you will maximize your car's fuel efficiency, safety and reliability.
Useful Energy Efficient Solutions:
- Attic Attic Ventilation, Duct Sealing, Chimney Sealing
- Basement Retire your old refrigerator!, Dehumidifier, Water Heater
- Bathroom Vanity Lights, Light Switch, Vent Fan
- Bedroom Bed-Side Lamp, Light Switch, Room Air Conditioner
- Dining Room Light Fixture, Light Switch, Programmable Thermostat
- Heating and Cooling Systems Table Lamp, Light Switch ...
- Home Office Desk Lamp, Ducts, Electrical Outlets, Power Strip
- HVAC HVAC air conditioning. HVAC Maintenance. HVAC contractor.
- Kitchen Light Fixture, Light Switch, Floor Vents/Radiators
- Living Room Table Lamp, Ceiling Fan with Lighting, Light Switch
- Outside House A/C Unit, Porch Light, Thermal Boundary
- Energy Efficient Windows Replace or Renovate, Energy Efficient Window Treatments
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