Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 by Kelsey Harrison
October means football season, pumpkin lattes, Halloween costumes and many other fun seasonal changes. While we’re excited for all things autumn, here at Complete Home Solutions we're welcoming this new month for another reason. On September 1991, President George Bush declared October as National Energy Awareness Month, encouraging government and organizations to raise awareness on the importance of sustainability and conserving the nation’s energy resources.
Here are some Energy Efficiency Tips for the Fall:
An energy audit is a great first step to increasing energy efficiency at home. An audit can help explain energy consumption, identify losses and evaluate possible improvements. Professional auditors perform thorough audits using a variety of techniques and equipment, and many include a detailed assessment with careful examination of the residence and past utility bills.
During the fall, cold temperatures cause electricity bills to increase due to continuous use of heating systems, which account for 42 percent of residential energy use. It can be tempting to turn up the heat as temperatures drop, but consumption can be minimized by ensuring HVAC systems are properly maintained. Dirty filters can slow air flow, making the system work harder, wasting more energy. Air leaks and improper insulation can be another major source of heat loss. Consumers can reduce heating bills 20 percent by checking air leaks around walls, ceilings, windows, doors, fixtures, switches and electrical outlets. Even better, install a programmable thermostat to prevent unnecessary energy use and improve those savings by an extra 10 percent.
Individual action has a major impact on energy resources. The worldwide adoption of energy efficient appliances and equipment would reduce global electricity consumption by more than 10 percent, save $350 billion in electricity bills and reduce global carbon emissions by 1.25 billion tons per year.
This October, as you celebrate Energy Awareness Month with us, use it as a reason to adopt new habits and achieve lifelong energy savings.
At Complete Home Solutions, energy efficiency and making homes more comfortable is our specialty and it’s our mission to help change the lives of our customers.
If you have any questions regarding energy efficiency or how to make your home more comfortable, give us a call at 410-867-1202 today.