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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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The Technology and Power sectors are constantly changing as we advance and learn more about related fields. Evolving tech based items such as smartphones and automobiles are a perfect example of this spike in growth. Yet, we rarely use this to our advantage.

With constant increases in living costs, the average consumer can make small changes to their lifestyle or home, that in the long run, will have a noticeable impact not just on their pocket, but on the environment. Today we will be discussing a few of the most impactful energy saving tips, and how these can be successfully implemented by you today.

Energy Efficient Lighting - LEDs

One of the most cost effective and time-friendly updates that can be performed is switching over to LED lights. While many people have seen the value in this DIY technique, there are still an alarming number of clients that we speak to who have not yet implemented this change. Energy Efficient light bulbs are more affordable than ever and can be picked up just about anywhere.

If you are unsure if your lighting is LED based, simply take a look at the fixture/bulb. The power draw information is typically listed directly on the item itself. In our experience, one incandescent bulb can equate to the same power requirements of 5-10 LED lights!

Energy Efficient Appliances:

One major factor that we continue to see is the use of older, “energy vampire” type appliances. Over the past 5 years there has been considerable strides in how much power our everyday appliances require to operate. From clothes dryers & washers to dishwashers and refrigerators; one can save vast amounts of money over the lifespan of the appliance by simply upgrading.

Be sure to look for the Energy Star Logo! Energy Star is a program ran by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy that promotes energy efficiency. There are even state, local or utility rebates that can decrease your out-of-pocket costs! It’s a win – win!

Phantom and Vampire Power/Electricity:

Standard power strips are a fantastic way to expand available outlet space. However, they encourage users to leave items plugged in indefinitely. Many devices found in the average home continue to draw power even when they are not in use. Computers, televisions, printers and gaming consoles are a few that come to mind.

There are a few ways around what’s known as "phantom electricity". The most obvious, being unplugging certain items when not in use. While effective, this can be rather tedious. Here at Earthtech Products we recommend utilizing Smart Power Strips. These color-coded surge protectors feature linked outlets, that control power based on a main item, such as a television. There are even Smartphone controlled APP based models available. All the above can be very effective in controlling phantom power.

While varying based on household, experts state that on average, this unseen power draw ranges from 5 to 10 percent of your entire household consumption!

Programmable/ Smart Thermostat

Remember the Energy Star Program? Well according to the experts at Energy Star, 45% of the average household’s power consumption is a result of heating and cooling. Which brings us to our next tip: Install a Programmable or Smart Thermostat.

Automatic Temperature adjustments can save homeowners up to 20% to 25%! Even remembering to adjust the temperature when leaving the house in the morning or going to sleep, can be quite helpful in the long term.

Proper Maintenance of HVAC

Another wasteful energy practice is improper or lack of maintenance on home and business HVAC systems. Proper maintenance can reduce HVAC energy costs by 5-40%, depending on the system and age of equipment.

Be sure to inspect, clean or change out air filters once a month. This will help with operation efficiency and improve air quality. Seasonal Maintenance and bi-annual evaporator and condenser coil cleaning is another helpful practice.

We hope today’s Blog has proven helpful. These effective tips will not only help you save money down the line but will make your home as energy efficient as possible. Meaning longer run times for your Battery Back-up and Solar Generator Systems! As always, we are just a phone call away (877-548-3387) and are happy to offer our expertise on all your Solar needs!
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