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Tips on Improving Energy Efficiency

Tips on Improving Your Home Comfort System’s Energy Efficiency

The supply of energy is limited, yet the demand continues to increase. Even while industrialized nations pull out all stops to develop new sources of clean energy, America will rely on fossil fuels in the near future. That means energy conservation is more important now than ever before.

Robertson Electric, a dedicated proponent of energy conservation, is always seeking ways to keep utility bills and energy usage under control.

"Conserving energy doesn’t have to be a difficult process," said Robertson Electric President, Bruce Locker. "You can begin living a greener lifestyle by just making a few small changes here and there. Every bit of energy you save helps the environment and saves you money."

Bruce and his staff at Robertson Electric offer these money saving tips:

CHANGE YOUR FILTERS ON A REGULAR BASIS.

Every home comfort system is different, and each one varies in how often its filter needs changing. Read up on your specific home comfort system to see how often it should be changed. A dirty filter will slow airflow and make your system work harder to keep your home warm or cool, which wastes energy.

ENSURE PROPER VENTILATION IN YOUR ATTIC.

If your attic isn’t properly ventilated, it can create a number of problems. In the summer, your attic’s temperatures can soar, which forces hot air into your home and makes your a/c run more often. In the winter, an improperly ventilated attic can cause snow on roofs to melt and then freeze, forming ice dams. Ice dams can create serious problems for your roof and home.

SEAL YOUR HOME.

Caulk or weather strip around doors and windows. Large amounts of conditioned air can escape from these seemingly small openings.

KEEP YOUR AIR REGISTERS OPEN.

Make sure all of your registers are clearly open, so that conditioned air can reach all segments of your home. Also, make sure that no furniture is positioned over any registers, which would reduce airflow.

REMEMBER THE SUN CAN HELP OR HURT YOU.

In the summer, keep your shades down to keep the sun from shining inside your home. It can drastically increase the temperature. In the winter, keep your shades open. The sun can raise the temperature of your home without your furnace needing to run quite as often.

INSTALL CEILING FANS.

Ceiling fans can make a room feel drastically cooler without using nearly as much electricity. That allows you to keep your thermostat a little higher in the summer. During the winter, you can reverse your ceiling fan, which will push the warm air back down.

These tips will help reduce the amount of energy your home comfort system uses. If needed, Robertson Electric can assist with further advice and the technical assistance to create a "Green Environment" within your home!