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A few simple changes in your energy consumption can help you save big money on your energy bill each month. From replacing out-of-date HVAC systems to installing smart thermostats, there are many ways that homeowners can start saving money without a big lifestyle change.
Another easy way to start conserving energy is simply to start monitoring your usage each month. By monitoring the amount of energy you use, you can start to notice trends and more easily see where you can cut back. Smart technology makes energy monitoring an easy and hassle-free process. Once you see the ways you can conserve energy, you can implement them and watch your energy bill drop, too.
How Can You Reduce Your Energy Consumption?
Monitor Your Usage
The first step to reducing the amount of energy you are consuming is to monitor it. Check your meter once a week or once a month to see how much energy you are using. Try to find ways that you can cut back on energy usage.
The next step is to implement practices and equipment that are more energy-efficient. Start by turning lights off when you leave the room, or leaving lights off altogether and opening windows for natural light instead. You can also be more conscientious of the temperature you have your home set at. Can you move the temperature a couple of degrees and still be comfortable?
At the end of a month, see the differences your new lifestyle changes have made on your energy usage. It can actually be fun to check the results of all your hard work.
Replace Old HVAC Systems
Have Cates Heating and Cooling evaluate your current HVAC system to see if you are wasting energy. If you have a really old system, you may consider replacing it with a new, more energy-efficient model. While it may be an expensive up-front cost, you could end up saving thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the new system. A Cates technician can also tell you if you have insulation problems that allow the air in your home to leak outside.
Use Smart Equipment
Consider purchasing equipment that will help you save energy. Smart thermostats are one great tool for energy savings. Smart thermostats allow you to manage the temperature of your home from anywhere. If you forget to change the temperature before your week-long vacation, you may be spending a lot of unnecessary money heating or cooling your home. A smart thermostat will allow you to change the temperature, which not only saves you money but also reduces the amount of energy you are using while you are away.
Some smart thermostats even have the capability to learn your usage habits and adjust accordingly. If the thermostat sees that you leave at 8 a.m. every day, it may turn on the energy-saver mode at 8 a.m. It also knows that you get home at 6 p.m., so by 6 p.m., it will have the temperature in your home back to where you like it.
Other smart equipment may also help you reduce your energy usage, as well. Smart lighting systems are another great way to reduce energy costs in your home. The bulbs can be dimmed and brightened, and you can even choose the color you want them to glow. Smart products typically have higher up-front costs, but they will save you a lot of money over their lifetimes, so it may be worth it for you.
If you are ready to learn more about energy management, call Cates Heating and Cooling at 913-888-4470 today. Cates can help you with smart thermostat installation, HVAC repairs or replacements, and much more.
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