- Cut energy use
A good place to start is your HVAC ductwork. Ducts are notorious energy-wasters, leaking your heating and cooling air through holes and loose connections.
Sealing and insulating your ductwork can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20%. Make your home more comfortable, and a more-efficient system helps extend the life of your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump.
Because ducts are usually hidden inside walls, ceilings, attics, and crawl spaces, sealing and insulating them may be a difficult and time-consuming DIY job. If you can’t reach all your ducts, think of using Steamatic for our air duct cleaning service.
Some quick ways to cut energy:
- Installing LED bulbs and low-flow shower heads
- Turning your air conditioner off when you leave the house and dialing your heater down to 55 degrees at night
- Turning off power strips when not in use
- Improve your air quality
The EPA lists indoor air quality as one of the top environmental health hazards. That’s because indoor air is full of potential contaminants, such as dust, mold spores, pollen, and viruses. The problem is at its worst during winter, when windows and doors are shut tight.
- Maintain your HVAC systemand change furnace filters regularly. Use the highest-quality filters you can afford and change every month during peak heating and cooling seasons.
- In fireplaces and wood stoves, burn real firewoodrather than pressed wood products that may contain formaldehyde.
- Use a portable air cleaner to help cleanse the air in single rooms. Portable air cleaner types include mechanical air filters, electrostatic precipitators, ion generators, and ultraviolet lamps.
- Try growing indoor plants.
- Get organized (de-clutter)
Rather than thinking of decluttering as one giant task to check off your to-do list, think of it as a series of simple habit changes.
1. Declutter your most used space at the start of the year.
– Is it your living room, kitchen, or bedroom?
2. Use what you have before buying more.
-make a point to finish everything you have first.
3. Give every new item a home.
-As soon as you bring a new item into your space, give it a proper home.
4. Keep a donation box in your closet.
-Whenever you come across something you no longer want or use, toss it in the donation box.