It’s fairly common knowledge that reducing energy waste will benefit our environment in Beaumont, Texas, but actually taking steps to cut back on usage is often a different story. With a few simple modifications, you can reduce how much energy you waste without making drastic lifestyle changes.
Change the Light Bulbs
If you or others in your home are in the habit of leaving lights on, keeping those switches off when you’re not in the room is the first step to reducing energy waste. But that’s often easier said than done, so a simpler fix is replacing the light bulbs so that accidentally leaving them on won’t have as much of an impact on energy usage. Replace any incandescent bulbs with LED versions to save quite a bit of energy every month.
While the cost of the LED bulb is higher than any other type of bulb, the reduced energy waste will more than make up for the extra money. You may also want to install dimming switches on your main light fixtures, since these allow you to use less power by setting the brightness to what you need.
Check Your Electronics
If your desktop or laptop computer isn’t set to “auto shut off,” take a minute to change the power setting. If you’re not actively using the computer for more than an hour or so, it will automatically turn off to conserve power.
Upgrade the Thermostat
Homeowners who don’t use the programmable function of their thermostats are wasting energy by causing the system to turn on and off more frequently. But upgrading to a smart thermostat will help reduce waste even more since this high-tech device will keep track of your habits and adjust the heating and air conditioning system based on when you’re typically home vs. at work or school, awake vs. asleep.
Learn more about adding a programmable thermostat or running your HVAC system more efficiently by giving us a call at Reed Service Company at 409-232-0110.
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