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8 Ways to Be More Energy Efficient in the New Year

May 27, 2020

Are you looking for ways to be more eco-conscious in 2020? Saving on energy is the best way to ensure a lower carbon footprint and a brighter future for generations to come.

1. Switch to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescent light bulbs emit the same levels of light but use much less energy than traditional light bulbs.

2. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats help save energy by maintaining comfortable temperatures in the home when you’re there, and using less energy when no one is in the home.

3. Save on Space Heaters

Space heaters use up a lot of electricity. Save them for use only when you need to heat up a small space quickly and then turn them off. Relying on space heaters to warm up a big room is very energy inefficient.

4. Use Power Strips to Fight Energy Vampires

Energy vampires are those devices that slowly drain energy even though you aren’t using them. For example, your phone or laptop charger, your coffee machine, microwave, or hairdryer. Plug these types of appliances into power strips and then turn everything off at once to save energy.

5. Wash in Cold Water

Use cold water in your washing machine instead of warm. Your clothes will get just as clean and you’ll save energy by not using up the hot water in your hot water tank.

6. Get an Energy Audit

Have an energy audit done on your home. An energy audit can help you to pinpoint where energy is being wasted and where you might save energy by making some changes.

7. Use Energy Star Appliances

Energy Star appliances are labeled so that buyers can know that the appliance meets certain energy standards set by the government. Your furnace is one appliance that an HVAC technician can tell you if it’s Energy Star rated or not.

8. Rely on Natural Heating

On warmer days, open blinds and curtains to allow the sun to come in and heat up the room. There’s no better way to save energy than by letting Mother Nature do her job!

If you are unsure what type of product is right for you or would like an assessment of how much energy you could save by upgrading, we’re here to help. Our goal is to provide you with the answers you need to make informed decisions.

At NH Ross, your satisfaction is our guarantee. We have seen the savings our customers have experienced by upgrading and want help you save, too.