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4 New Year’s Resolutions for Improved Energy Efficiency


With 2017 right around the corner, Alpharetta, Georgia, residents are making their New Year’s resolutions. Improving your home’s energy efficiency should be a top priority in the new year, especially if you’ve resolved to save money, so here are some tips to help.

Study Your Utility Bills

The most important step in any new year is to recap the previous 12 months. Reviewing your 2016 utility bills can help you see where adjustments need to be made in your energy usage. If you tend to spend more on energy during the winter months, for example, focus on improving your habits during that season.

Weatherproof Your Home

Keeping your home safe from the elements is a must. This year, why not make one positive move toward weatherproofing your home? Ideas include upgrading your windows, waterproofing the roof, adding weatherstripping to doors and windows, or getting your home inspected for drafts. Even something as simple as using draft stoppers underneath doors will go a long way toward keeping that cold air out.

Consider New Energy-Saving Products

LED light bulbs, smart thermostats, Energy Star-rated appliances … these amazing products only continue to get better each year with the latest technological advances. If you haven’t upgraded yet, make a point in 2017 to research your options. Even switching to something as affordable as LED light bulbs can lower your energy bills a noticeable amount.

Use Power Strips

Vampire energy usage refers to wasted electricity from plugged-in electronics. Energy-sucking culprits are devices like printers, computers, televisions, coffee makers, lamps, electronics chargers and other devices. Keeping these devices plugged into a power strip allows you to turn off the strip when not in use, essentially cutting off any wasted energy. Just be sure to get in the habit of switching the strip off; otherwise, these devices will continue to draw energy while plugged in.

Be sure you stick to your New Year’s resolutions for your home this year. Call E. Smith Heating & Air Conditioning at 678-369-8866 for all of your energy-saving needs.

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