How can I make my home more energy efficient?

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How can I make my home more energy efficient?

  • Close blinds during the hottest part of the day during the summertime, but keep them open during the day in winter to take advantage of the sun’s warmth.
  • In winter, operate fan on low speed, running clockwise. This created a gentle updraft that forces warm air towards the floor. Turn off when not in use.
  • Check current insulation levels, and properly insulate a new or existing home.
  • Replace old inefficient heating and cooling systems with an Energy Star model, especially if it’s more than 10 years old.
  • Have your duct system tested for costly leaks and if present have them repaired.
  • Have Whole House Performance and Infiltrometer Testing performed on your home to expose costly energy losses through leaky attic structures and indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns.
  • Make sure all vents and registers are open and unobstructed.
  • Keep cooling and heating filters clean and inspect monthly at a minimum.
  • Always buy products with the Energy Star label.
  • Have Semi-annual maintenance performed by a heating and cooling contractor that employs only N.A.T.E. Certified Technicians, such as Air Care Systems, Inc., to keep your system cleaned and operating efficiently.
  • Have a N.A.T.E. Certified Technician install returns in rooms currently without its own return air vent.
  • Turn off all computers, fans, lights and appliances when not in use.