This year don’t allow the prices of electricity drive the temperature up in home as well! Soaring energy prices are making everyone more critical about cutting energy costs around your home. Currently here at Western Technical College, students learn the basics of Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, along with those skills they learn how to make a building green. What does it mean when we "Go Green", well its people making decisions about their daily lives while considering what impact the outcome of those decisions may have on global warming, pollution, loss of animal habitats, and other environmental concerns. This is a great way not only to help the world out and reduce your carbon footprint but also ease the burden on your wallet. In this blog we are going to go through some helpful tips that you can do around your home, to help you go green and save some energy costs.
1) Don’t allow money to leak out of your home.
Go around your home inspecting all your door and window seals. Remember that when you have broken, cracked or no seals around doors and windows you are losing money by the second. The cool air that should be kept inside of your home is being lost to the outdoors. Make sure that the seals are in good shape but if in doubt replace them.
2) Draw the blinds.
Drawing the blinds not only allows you to snuggle up next to good book but also allows you to hold on to your wallet a little closer. I don’t know about you all, but I love holding on to as many dead presidents as I can for as long as I can. Drawing the blinds keeps the sun that baring down on your windows out of your home. This will allow the home to stay cooler for a longer period of time without having to run the air conditioner.
3) Out with the old, in with the new.
Many of us never realized that there was this pesky little thing called a filter that we need to replace every 2 to 3 months. Something as simple as replacing this filter maybe the difference between your air conditioner running like a champ or breaking down like a chump. An average work order runs anywhere from $150-$200 to repair a broken down air conditioner but a disposable filter will run you on average at your local home repair store from $.99-$2.00
4) Call on JARVIS.
Anyone that has seen any of the Iron Man trilogy movies fell in love with Jarvis, Tony Stark's computerized assistant, and wished we had our own Jarvis to assist us with the handling all of our chores and help us save some money along the way. Well maybe we all can’t have Jarvis but we could install a programmable digital thermostat that we can program to run only when we are home. Installing this type of thermostat will allow you to stay comfortable at home when you are at home and when you are away keep the house dormant as to not waste any energy.
5) Call on the professional
In some situations we must be able to call a professional over to do some preventive maintenance. Just like everything in this world we must provide some TLC to our loved ones. I don’t know about you all but I especially love my air conditioner in the dog days of summer and calling in a pro to keep it in tip top shape, will allow you to have that loving relationship in harmony. We should call in a pro at least once a year so as they can remove the grime, dirt and debris from the indoor and outdoor coils. The professional can also give you some ideas that you might have overlooked to keep your home as efficient as possible.
These are just a few ideas that we would love to pass on. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to call or better yet come on by and tour our facility. We would love to talk to you and help you and your family’s home become GREEN!!
Stay cool my friends!!!