You care about the environment and you want to lower your utility bills, but you think energy-saving changes will be expensive. Fortunately, reducing energy consumption in your Northbrook home doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune on upgrades for your home. There are many inexpensive changes you can start making today to save energy and make your home more environmentally-friendly.

Seal Your Ducts

Even if you’ve just had a brand new HVAC unit installed, if your ducts aren’t properly sealed, you are going to be wasting a lot of energy and a lot of money. The signs of leaky ducts may include high utility bills, or the inability to achieve comfortable temperatures even after adjusting the thermostat. If your ducts are in unconditioned spaces such as the garage or attic, you may also have a higher risk for energy waste. You might not be able to see the entire ductwork system, but your qualified HVAC technician will be able to identify problems and make necessary repairs.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats enable you to use your system more efficiently. There are several reasons a programmable thermostat is superior to your traditional thermostat. It can be difficult to make small adjustments on older or traditional thermostats, which may result in greater difficulty obtaining ideal temperatures for your home. Programmable thermostats allow you to set temperatures based on your activities or according to whether or not you will be at home. For example, you can program temperatures for when you are asleep, when you wake up, when you are away from home, and when you return. This ability reduces waste and ensures temperatures are ideal at all times.

If you are using an older thermostat or if your thermostat is not functioning properly, it is definitely time to upgrade. Thermostats come in a variety of styles, with various functions and at different price levels. All the options mean you will be able to find the right thermostat for your home. Modern thermostats generally work better with your decor, help you to decrease your energy usage, and lower your utility bills.

Reduce Your Water Consumption

Reducing the amount of water you use can also make a difference in your overall monthly savings. Start by instituting good habits for you and your family. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth or when you are washing your hair. You can also save water by only running the washing machine or dishwasher when you have full loads.

Installing WaterSense products, such as WaterSense or low-flow shower heads showerheads will also help you to reduce the amount of water you use. Adding an aerator or flow regulator to your faucets is an inexpensive way to regulate water usage.

Change Your Light Bulbs

Make the switch to energy-efficient light bulbs such as CFL or LED light bulbs to reduce heat and energy consumption in your home. While these bulbs are slightly more expensive than traditional bulbs, because they use less energy, even while emitting the same amount of light, you will reduce energy consumption. Considering how many light bulbs most people have throughout their home, the change will make a difference for both your wallet and the environment. If you are not able to change all the bulbs in your home, try upgrading the bulbs in lamps that are used regularly, or in areas where light is needed more often.

Regular Maintenance Is Important

If you do not afford to buy a new unit, and your current unit is working fine, you can hold off making the system upgrade, but ensure you take advantage of regular maintenance to keep your system performing efficiently. Routine maintenance is affordable, and will more likely prevent system breakdown and costly repairs.

If you continue to operate an old, worn, or damaged unit, it could be costing you more than you realize, making it worthwhile to invest in a more efficient system. Apart from the need for frequent repairs, an inefficient system results in further expenditure by driving up your energy bills. Energy-efficient appliances are more affordable than ever, and you will see a significant reduction in your bills, offsetting the cost over time. The upfront cost is offset by lower utility bills and reduced spending on repairs.

In general, many upgrades you make to save energy can be quite affordable. Contact Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning at 847-272-5836 for more ways to save, and improve energy efficiency in your home.

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