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Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips

A common complaint for homeowners are outrageous energy bills. With the impending Georgia summer, it is hard to imagine cutting back on energy, especially air conditioning. Reducing your homes power consumption should interest you if you want to save money, or even save the environment. The top three energy saving measures for your home are also the top three easiest things to put into effect.

1      Insulation is key. It doesn’t matter how expensive or efficient your heating or cooling system is, if you don’t have proper insulation that all (literally) goes out the window. Call AmeriServ to examine you home, and we will determine exactly where there is a problem with insulation. The most common problem areas include include lofts, windows, and external or internal doors. Blocking direct sunlight into your home or draft proofing your windows will result in dramatic drops in your energy bills.

2      Choose your appliances wisely. Refrigerators, washing machines as well as electric heating systems or cooling systems, can be culprits when it comes to outrageous energy bills. If your appliances are old, it may be time for an upgrade. Newer appliances are designed to be energy efficient both for cost and environmental purposes. In addition to these advantages, newer appliances tend to be less bulky. Bulbs are an often overlooked part of your bill, but replacing them with energy efficient bulbs can make all the difference.

3      Discipline. Are you still tough enough to switch appliances and lights off when you do not use them? Often times, once you start you cannot help yourself when it comes to energy usage. It is hard to make cut backs, so you should also try to set thermostats to a moderate temperature. Educating your family about reducing power consumption, so the kids know to turn off the lights when they aren’t in the room and to make sure the refrigerator door is completely closed.

While these are the three most important things you can do when it comes to saving energy, there’s a plethora of other things that can be done. While a substantial investment is required initially, the return is definitely worth it. A large amount of money will be saved in the long term, and the satisfaction of a job well done when it comes to saving the environment. 

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