As a homeowner, you understand how important being hooked up to the energy grid is for your health and convenience. After all, you can't turn the lights on, make meals in the kitchen, use the restroom, or enjoy electronic entertainment without a reliable power source in place. But just because you rely on the energy grid to power through your everyday life doesn't mean that you cannot maintain some control over your monthly energy bills. Here are a few things you can do to increase your power over energy use and reduce your bills throughout the year:
Install Insulation Film
A great way to maintain comfortable temperatures inside while putting minimal wear and tear on your HVAC system is to install insulation film on your windows. Not only does insulation window film help save money on energy, but it prevents up to 99 percent of dangerous UV rays from entering your home and damaging your floor, furniture, and even your skin. Insulation window film comes in a variety colors and styles – you can even find some that will make your windows look like they are made of stained glass!
Plant a Few Trees
You can save somewhere around 12 percent on your overall energy costs simply by planting shady deciduous trees in your yard. This is because deciduous trees have leaves in the summer that naturally shade your home from the sun so your air conditioner doesn't have to work too hard. During the winter, the leaves on deciduous trees fall off so the sun can naturally warm your home up and give your heater some much needed support.
Plant your trees near windows that get direct sunlight during the day for optimal sun protection. It's also important to consider the mature size of your trees before planting so you can position them far enough away from your home that their branches won't hit the roof if they happen to fall off.
Turn Your Ceiling Fans On
As opposed to the 3,500 watts of power the typical HVAC system uses each hour, a ceiling fan requires just 60 watts of power each hour it is being used. Turn your ceiling fans counterclockwise during the summer months so the air is constantly moved to create a breeze your skin will appreciate. During the winter months, switch your ceiling fans to run clockwise to force warm and cool air to mix, which will help maintain comfortable temperatures inside so your heater doesn't have to blow as often.
These tips and tricks are easy to implement and should help to noticeably increase your quality of life when spending time at home. Talk to HVAC contractors, such as Universal Enterprises Inc., to discuss other tips and ideas.