Summer is here and your air conditioner is working hard to keep you and your family comfortable. So while you’re A/C is in high gear, you may be wondering how to save some energy around the house. The positive consequences of saving energy are undeniable: it reduces air pollution while reducing the cost of your energy bill.
Here are a few simple steps you can follow this summer:
- Turn off lights and equipment when not in use. This is a no-brainer, but easily overlooked by family members in a hurry.
- Replace incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Compact fluorescent lights use one-fourth the amount of electricity that incandescent lamps use, and they last seven times longer.
- Use free daylighting when possible, Furniture can be strategically located for the best use of available light.
- Use task lighting, which allows lighting to be applied directly to a task rather than illuminating an entire room. A bright light over a desk or under-counter lights in the kitchen are examples.
- Control direct sunlight through windows with blinds. This is especially a concern in the summer when sunlight can cause overheating.
- Install occupant sensors on lighting. Intended to detect activity within a certain area, they turn lights on automatically when someone enters a room, and reduce energy use by turning lights off when the last occupant leaves. This approach is also effective for outdoor security lighting.
- Get you’re A/C cleaned every year. Regular maintenance will keep you’re A/C running efficiently.
- Regularly change/clean HVAC air filters. This is an easy, inexpensive step that shouldn’t be overlooked.
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