A new year always seems to inspire change but how many people make changes that lower their carbon footprint? If your New Year’s resolution is to improve energy efficiency in your Rogers, Arkansas, home, here are four practical ways to achieve your goal.

Take Advantage of Sunlight

Make the most of sunny winter days. Open the drapes and blinds to let the sunlight stream in. This helps warm your home naturally and you’ll be able to increase your HVAC temperature by a few degrees, saving energy. In the afternoon, draw the curtains to retain heat for longer. Use heavy drapes for better insulation.

Switch to LED Lighting

A quick way to save energy is to replace all incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. LED light bulbs are more energy efficient, more durable, and last longer. Look for LED bulbs endorsed by ENERGY STAR. These use around 75 percent less energy and last up to 25 times longer than older traditional lighting. To save even more, switch lights off in rooms that are not in use.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Be clever with programming your thermostat. Adjusting temperatures at night and when you’re away from home saves energy. Traditional thermostats require that you manually adjust temperatures. A programmable thermostat, on the other hand, will do this automatically. Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-program temperature, can be controlled remotely, and support zoned systems. This allows you to easily adjust temperatures around the house and switch the heating off in unoccupied areas.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

The importance of HVAC maintenance cannot be stressed enough. Regular maintenance keeps your HVAC system functioning efficiently, reduces the need for repairs, and extends the lifespan of your HVAC system. A poor functioning heating system has to work harder to maintain the desired temperature and this will manifest in a high electricity bill.

For energy saving tips, to install a programmable thermostat, or to schedule maintenance, contact George’s Refrigeration & Heating at 479-231-3075.

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