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Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

It’s no secret that owning a home can be a bit of an expense. Between utility bills and maintenance tasks, the amount of money you spend keeping your home safe and in good condition can add up. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make your home more energy efficient and cut down on your utility bills and potentially even some maintenance work.

Switch to Low-Flow Fixtures

In addition to helping the environment, low-flow fixtures limit the amount of water they expel each minute. This can significantly help reduce your water usage and your bill over time. You can install low-flow showerheads, faucets, and even toilets.

Seal Windows and Doors

When we say seal them, we mean to add weather stripping or caulk around the edges of your windows and doors. This prevents air leaks which can ultimately increase your energy bill.

Unplug Everything

OK, maybe not everything. While you’ll need to keep your refrigerator and other large appliances plugged in, unplug entertainment consoles, lamps, hairdryers, and chargers when you’re not using them. Doing so prevents those devices from sucking “vampire electricity” and running up your utility bill.

Don’t Use Space Heaters Too Often

Rather than plugging in a space heater in every other room to make up for the heat, your HVAC system may not be giving you, opt for regular maintenance checks instead. Space heaters significantly can run up your electricity bill, while maintenance calls twice a year can help your HVAC system work more efficiently and get rid of your need for space heaters altogether.

For more advice on lowering your bills and keeping your homes more efficient, just contact the experts at HARP Home Services. For all your HVAC and plumbing needs around Hartford, give us a call today!