What Can Homeowners Do To Make Their Homes More Energy Efficient?March 24, 2015
Children have too much of it; older people want more of it. We go to bed at night because we’ve run out of it. Albert Einstein developed a theory about it. We want it. We need it. We pay big bucks for it. And we really don’t have a clue what it is.
We at Capitol Machine know something about energy. It powers our machines. It helps contractors work wonders in installing insulation in customers’ homes – which, ironically, helps them save energy.
Energy is what we use to make our lives – and our homes – easier, more enjoyable and sustainable. So, how do we make our homes more energy efficient? In the immortal words of the bank robber who was captured by Dirty Harry: “I gots to know.”
The Washington, D.C.-based Alliance to Save Energy offers 8 tips to make homes more energy efficient:
- You can save $63 a year by washing your clothes in cold water.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Use window shades. Close blinds to deflect sun rays in the summer and open them in the winter for the warmth.
- Turn off lights and appliances when they’re not being used.
- Changing to energy-efficient halogen incandescent lights can save homeowners up to 80 percent in energy costs.
- Use low-flow faucets to conserve water.
- Regularly clean or change air filters.
- Seal air leaks and, most important of all, insulate, insulate and insulate. Proper and thorough home insulation can save homeowners nearly 20 percent on their energy bills.
Taking a few extra steps – especially ensuring homes are properly insulated – and making a few minor lifestyle changes can help lead to significant annual energy savings, which in turn will save your customers money. And happy customers generally mean more customers.
Without a clear focus on customers’ energy use, Dirty Harry’s inevitable query may apply: “You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya?”
Did you find this information helpful? Do you have tips of your own you’d like to share? We at Capitol Machine offer a wide variety of insulation machines, insulation blowers and insulation removal vacuums. Contact us with questions or for more information.