Here are some easy energy saving tips for a Smart Home we’ve done around ours:
1. Your living room typically has multiple active light sources available. Make sure your lighting is energy efficient by switching traditional bulbs to CFLs or LEDs.
2. Replace your old, inefficient appliances with new, efficient, Energy Star® appliances. Old appliances tend to run inefficiently.
3. Replace the showerhead in your bathroom(s) with low flow showerheads. These showerheads regulate the flow of water, assuring you a more efficient shower. Turning down the hot water tank helps to, better yet get a tankless we did!
4. Installing light dimmers can save cut your electricity use 40% over time and make your lightbulbs last 20 times longer.
5. Planting trees in optimal spots on your property will provide shade during the warmer months making your system work less hard to cool your home down. Living in the south for 19 years taught me the value of a shade tree.
6. Even when your appliances are turned off, they are still using electricity. Use smart power strips to combat energy vampires. This one I’m big on making sure nothings plugged in that we aren’t using.
7. Add more insulation in the attic, I prefer the recycled denim or newspaper, filled to an R30 rating.
8. Ceiling fans help to circulate air in both winter and summer months.
9. Smart thermostat is another great option in your home (this one is on my to do list).
Direct Energy most recently partnered with Nest, to bring customers the Nest Learning Thermostat. So for those of you shopping for energy in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Illinois, from Direct Energy, you now have the opportunity to sign up for an energy plan and get a free Nest Learning Thermostat at no cost (a $249 value!).It’s just one of the ways we’re hoping to make your home smarter and more convenient.
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