"If you don't like the weather...wait five minutes." While this is nice sometimes, it can be rough on our HVAC equipment and our wallets to have extreme weather like we do. Here are some easy tips to help you save money in your home or office.
1. In a home or office, computers are a major energy user. Choosing energy star computers can reduce the energy used by up to 70%!
2. In the summer time, trying to keep your house dehumidified can help make your air conditioner's job much easier.
3. When you only have a small amount of food you want to heat, use your toaster oven instead of your regular oven. Toaster ovens can use HALF the energy a large oven uses.
4. When the weather is warn, keep your window shades closed during the day to reflect the sun's heat. It works even better if the shades are white.
5. Summer or winter, try to keep lamps or other appliances away from your thermostat. Heat from a lamp can make the air conditioning work more in the summer, and make your house colder in the winter.
In a home or office, there are many energy saving techniques that are easy to do. We can help you learn more and track your savings. We can install power strips (pictured below) that sense when you leave your desk and turn off "peripheral" devices, or we can do a full energy audit using our thermal camera to show you where your building is loosing heat.
This power strip can turn off peripheral devices such as screens or printers when you leave your desk for a longer period of time. It allows important devices, such as the computer itself to stay on so that you don't loose your work.
This image shows a faulty door seal in a home. This will only allow more heat to escape as the temperatures drop.