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Having an Energy Efficient Winter

We’re heading into the winter months here in Arizona, and if you’re like some of us the thought of that drastically cut AC bill has you salivating. But what else can you do be as green as can be? Here are a few tips from us at Parker & Sons to keep your winter efficient.

Where to set your Thermostat?

Arizona has much milder winters than mostThe US Dept. of Energy recommends setting the thermostat to 68°F while home and awake. While asleep or away from home setting it even lower.

Thought of 68°F Has you Frozen?

Prep you home to keep the cold out and the warmth in! Caulk around windows and doorframes and wherever else air might get through exterior walls. Set the fan setting on the thermostat to ‘Auto’ not ‘ON.’ ON will be pushing circulating cold air all throughout the house. Nobody wants that! Utilize an extra blanket at night to keep you warm while sleeping.

The most effective means of going green are not dependent on any one season.  As always, remember to replace your air filter monthly to keep your AC system working optimally. Also, switching over to energy efficient LED bulbs can save you up to $80 per bulb over its lifespan. Those same LED bulbs emit less heat (up to 75%!) which will keep your cooling costs lower year round.

Lots can be done when it comes to appliances to keep your costs and usage down, especially the washer and dryer. Here are just a few avenues to savings. Washing only full loads of laundry will keep you out of the laundry room and in the black, two smaller loads use up almost twice as much energy! Clean your lint filters on the dryer to keep your machine drying optimally. Dry loads of laundry one after the other to take advantage of the retained heat build-up inside the machine. Upgrading your machines to newer energy efficient models may seem costly at the moment, but if you crunch the numbers, the generated savings quickly balance out.

Almost across the board, the biggest key to having an energy efficient winter is beingaware and good upkeep. The various filters, cleanings, and other routinely executed maintenance will keep all appliances working in efficient order, thus decreasing the amount of energy needed to perform their job successfully.

 

 

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