You don’t have to make big, sweeping changes in your home to save more energy!

Here at Apex Home Energy Savings, we specialize in helping our clients save energy. We offer a variety of services, such as energy efficient windows, solar power systems, HVAC repair, radiant barrier systems and free home energy audits, to the good people of Granbury to help them save more every single month on their energy bills. However, there are also plenty of small changes you can make in your day to day life that can help you save more energy and, therefore, more money. Here are a few small changes you can make to save more energy:

#1. Dress for success.

Dressing appropriately for the weather can make a big difference in how you set your thermostat.  For instance, invest in some warm pajamas and socks in the winter. This will allow you to stay relatively warm while you’re home without having to crank up the thermostat.

#2. Keep your HVAC system maintained.

You don’t necessarily have to invest in a newer, more efficient model to save money on your heating and cooling costs. Taking proper care of your HVAC system will go a long way to keeping it running efficiently and in good shape. Not only can maintenance prevent expensive issues with your HVAC system and keep it running efficiently, it can also extend the life of your system, which can also help you save money!

#3. Replace your incandescent bulbs.

Lighting can make up a big portion of your energy bill, and if you are using old, incandescent bulbs, you are probably wasting a lot more energy than you realize. If you choose to replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), you’ll use 75 percent less energy to light up your home and your bulbs will last up to 10 times longer.

#4. Wash your laundry in cold water.

Are you one of the 60 percent of Americans who wash their laundry in warm water? If so, it’s time to stop. When it comes to doing laundry, around 75 percent of the energy used is allotted for heating up the water, and when you wash everything in cold water, you can save a lot more energy. Plus, cold water helps clothes to retain their size, shape and color more effectively, making them last longer. Many people believe that cold water won’t clean their clothes efficiently, but that’s just not the case, especially if you purchase a detergent that was specifically designed to be used in cold water. In addition to washing your clothes in cold water, it’s also important to ensure that you fill every load completely because running a half-empty washing machines wastes a lot of water and energy.

#5. Unplug your vampire appliances.

Many appliances, such as some computers, video game consoles, Televisions and BluRay players, never really turn off all the way; they just idle when you push the power button. Unfortunately, this means that, even though the appliance is off and you aren’t really using it, it is still drawing a small amount of power. These appliances are referred to in the industry as vampire appliances, and when you stop using them, they need to be physically unplugged instead of just turned off. Although you probably won’t save a whole lot of money by unplugging your vampire appliances, you could save up to 10 percent every month on your energy bill.

With our home energy audits in Granbury, we can help you determine which areas in your home are wasting energy, and we can also provide you with the upgrades and repairs you need to save more. However, it’s also important to make the small changes to make the most out of your energy savings!

Take the first step towards enjoying a more efficient home by making the above changes and contacting Apex Home Energy Savings for your free energy audit!