It's no secret that the holidays use a ton of energy. All of the added lights, cooking, and heating your home for guests can make your January energy bill sky high. Keep your energy costs low this holiday with these helpful tips from Choice Heating and Air Conditioning. Need a free quote for furnace installation in Wake Forest NC in 2019? Give us a call for a free estimate!
Use Light Timers or Smart Plugs
Enlist the help of a timer or smart plug to limit your energy use. By programming your timer to turn on when it is dark and turn off at bedtime you can eliminate wasted energy. Ideally, your lights and decorations should be on for six hours a day or less. Smart plugs that sync to your Google Home or Amazon Echo devices can make controlling your lights easy by allowing you to speak commands to turn them on and off. These smart devices can also be controlled via an app on your smartphone.
Switch to LED Lights
Did you know that LED lights use 90% less energy than regular Christmas lights? These lights are so energy efficient that they may pay for themselves in energy savings in as little as two holiday seasons.
Turn off Extra Lights
During the holiday season, the lights on your Christmas tree and throughout your home should provide ample lighting. Save on your energy costs by switching off other lights in your home or installing lower wattage light bulbs. Reduce the amount of electricity you use by giving your home a beautiful holiday glow with candles.
Skip the Outdoor Lights
Use luminaries to light up outside pathways and porches without adding to your electric bill. Metal luminaries can be used year after year and can hold up to a wide variety of weather conditions.
Turn Down the Thermostat
When you entertain in your home, turn down the temperature by several degrees. The extra people in your home, having your oven running, and the layering of holiday clothes can all help you save energy without any discomfort for you or your guests. Keep the window shades and curtains open during the day to take advantage of the warm sunlight and close them in the evening to keep the cold air out.
Opt for Energy-free Gifts
Give gift items that don't need electricity or batteries this holiday season. Instead, give books, outdoor sporting equipment, board games or other items that don't need to be charged or powered on. Did you know that 40% of the batteries sold each year are purchased during the holiday season?
Upgrade Old Technology
If you still have appliances, televisions, phones, or DVD players in your home that are not Energy Star certified, the holiday season is the perfect time to upgrade them. Energy Star branded appliances can save you up to 60% on your annual energy bills.
Load up the Oven
Don't waste energy by baking or cooking just one dish at a time. Adjust the oven temperature of your dishes or group same cooking temperature items together in order to maximize the use of your oven and reduce the excess time that your oven will need to be on. A full oven is more efficient than an empty one!
Replace Your Air Filters
Replacing your home's air filters is a great way to improve your HVAC system's efficiency and reduce the wear and tear on your unit. Dirty or clogged air filters force your system to work harder to pull the right amount of air in. As a result, your energy bill will increase. Experts agree that air filters should be changed every four to six weeks depending upon the air quality in your home.
Affordable 2019 Furnace Installation in Wake Forest NC
If your existing furnace is causing your energy bill to creep up little by little now is the best time to call Choice Heating and Air Conditioning and have your furnace cleaned and inspected. Need new furnace installation in Wake Forest NC services? We can help with that too! Don't pay too much to be warm and cozy this winter, keep your HVAC system efficient with us!