As a green company, we care about energy efficiency. If there is a way to make your home greener, more eco-friendly, we like to share those ideas with you.
As you spend more time home this year, you may have noticed your electric bill higher than ever before. Are you looking for easy fixes to help you conserve money wherever possible?
We realize that investing a lot of money in new equipment may not be at the top of every homeowner’s list. So we’ve put together a few tips to help you save money in smaller ways.
Set your washing machine on cold water
In most cases, you can wash your clothes in cold water and have them come out clean. Today’s washers are built for it, in fact. EnergyStar estimates that as much as 90 percent of energy costs of running a washing machine on warm or hot water go to the heating process. That’s a lot of energy you can save just by switching to cold. Cold water helps preserve the colors and fabric. And if you add baking soda or distilled white vinegar to the load, it actually improves your washer’s cleaning power. Keep the hot water for very dirty clothing, or if you have family members who are sick.
Fill em up
You may have a common practice of turning your dishwasher on after every meal, or running your washer with just a few things inside. Fill em up instead. Not only will it save energy and water, but it’s also been proved to create cleaner dishes and laundry too. That’s because each piece of equipment is designed for maximum efficiency when you follow the guidelines – and that includes loading them up.
Seal up your home
While you might not be ready to invest in a new furnace, air conditioner, or water heater, sealing up your home can make your entire home more efficient. Invest in weatherstripping and caulk, to seal up air leaks. You can add insulation to your home as well. A great place to start is with an energy audit, to find out where your home has the biggest leaks. This also gives you a chance to schedule your projects for down the road.
Work with the light
The one thing Colorado has is an abundance of natural light. Use that to your advantage every day of the year. In the winter, open up your currents and let the sun shine in during the day. It can help keep your home toasty and warm. Be sure to close them up as the sun drops into the horizon. Then reverse this in the summer by keeping heat out during the day, and opening up your windows and letting the cool evening breezes cool your home down.
While these are just a starting point to ensuring your home stays as energy efficient as possible, if you have further questions, give us a call. Our energy audit will provide you with a good idea of what your biggest fixes are, and help you stay comfortable and energy efficient all year long.