In warmer areas like Lenoir City, TN, flowers are beginning to blossom, and outside temperatures are starting to increase. While you’ll be using more energy to cool your home, you can do so efficiently. Here are some tips to reduce energy waste and save money this spring.

Appliances and Electronics

Buy energy-efficient appliances and electronics. Use an advanced power strip to minimize vampire loads on things like televisions, cell chargers and computers, so you won’t waste energy when appliances are not in use. You can even use smart outlets to keep them turned off when you’re not at home.

Shift to Energy Star appliances, electronics and fans. Unlike conventional models, products with Energy Star labels consume less energy when in use and left on standby mode.

Buy an energy-efficient refrigerator. Your fridge works non-stop, consuming lots of energy, so choose a very energy efficient model.

Air Conditioning

While you do not have to choose between saving money and staying cool, you can reduce your HVAC unit energy bills in various ways. For example, service your HVAC system regularly to ensure you use it optimally. Easy maintenance, such as regularly cleaning or replacing air filters, can significantly reduce your HVAC unit’s energy consumption.

Install additional insulation in your attic to regulate your house’s temperature. You can also draft-proof your home by sealing windows and doors properly. Seal your chimney using a damper to prevent heat from escaping during winter and stop hot air from coming in during spring.

You can also install ceiling fans, which have no negative impact on the environment.

Install a Smart or Programmable Thermostat

You can set a programmable thermostat to raise or lower temperatures automatically to reduce cooling and heating when you are asleep or not at home. Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to save cooling and heating energy without upgrading your HAVC system.

Modern smart thermostats come in various models that you can set to fit your schedule. Some of their additional features include indicators that show when you should replace filters or your HVAC system has a problem. These features also improve cooling and heating efficiency.

Cook Outside

On warmer spring days, keep heat out of your kitchen. When you use an oven or stovetop, you can end up warming your kitchen and adjacent rooms by several degrees. Use an outdoor grill or microwave to save your HVAC system from working overtime.

Use Zoned HVAC

Zoned HVAC systems are a great way to lower your energy use. Zoned systems work by sending air only to the rooms that you are actively using. If you have a two-story house and are mostly upstairs at night and downstairs by day, you can just cool or heat the area you’re currently occupying with zoning.

Lighting

Conventional incandescent bulbs consume a lot of energy and require replacement more often than their energy-efficient counterparts. Buy energy-efficient light products like LED bulbs, and use them efficiently. Although these bulbs will cost you more off the shelf, their efficient energy consumption and long life mean that they reduce your energy bills now and save you money in your replacement budget later.

During the day, turn off artificial lights and allow sunshine coming through windows and skylights to brighten your home. As a result, you’ll reduce your energy costs from lighting.

Add these energy-saving tips to your spring cleaning checklist, and reap the benefits in savings. To keep reducing your energy bills with exceptional HVAC repairs and maintenance, reach out to us at Cook’s Comfort Systems, Inc., today. Our team of experienced specialists will help you keep your HVAC system in Lenoir City, TN, energy efficient and in proper working condition throughout the year.

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