There are lots of ways homeowners in San Mateo and the surrounding Peninsula/Bay Area can create a “greener” home that saves on energy consumption and monthly utility costs. Our HVAC experts have listed a few energy saving tips below to help you enjoy a more energy efficient home and keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket!
- Turn the light off when the room is unoccupied. There’s no sense in leaving every light in the house on, but you’d be surprised how many people do. Teach your kids to follow your example; when you leave a room, turn the lights off! Simple.
- Check the gasket around your refrigerator door to see if cold air is escaping. How? It’s easy. Place a flashlight that’s turned on inside the fridge, then close the door. If you turn the light off in the kitchen you’ll be able to see if any light is shining through around the door gasket. If it is, cool air is escaping which means your refrigerator will run longer to keep food and beverages cold. A waste of energy! If there is a leak, replace the gasket.
- Use cold water when washing clothes. It’s an eco-friendly way to get your clothes clean, and easier on fabrics. By using cold water you won’t experience shrinking jeans, colors won’t fade as fast, and you’ll save on costs of heating the water which accounts for about 65% to 70% of the energy your washing machine uses!
- Consider an advanced power strip when you have lots of electronics or gadgets to plug in. Many of today’s power strips prevent items that are plugged into the strip from continuing to draw power when not in use, unlike old power strips. You can usually find these at Home Depot, Lowe’s, or other home improvement stores.
- Keep drafts out and enjoy a more comfortable home with draft blockers. When used at the bottom of exterior doors, draft blockers keep the warm or cool air inside your home and the outdoor air out.
These are simple things any Bay Area homeowner can do, and the energy you’ll save helps you do your part for the environment while cutting down on energy costs. You can also set your thermostat a degree or two lower or higher (depending on the season) to save big bucks.