Simple Steps to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Published on March 16, 2015 Whether it’s the dead of winter or the middle of the summer, saving money never gets old. One of the easiest ways to do so is through improving your home’s energy efficiency. Taking on energy efficiency doesn’t have to be costly. There are a variety of ways for you to make a dent in your monthly energy bills while still remaining comfortable. Considering that heating and cooling your home can easily make up around 50% or more of your monthly energy bills, it shouldn’t take a ton of motivation to make an effort to lessen those. So what can you do to help potentially lower your energy costs? Routine home maintenance From changing your air filter every one to three months or walking around your house with a tube of caulk to fill holes where air could be leaking out, you can make a difference in what you’re paying the energy company every month. Check the seals to all of your home’s windows and doors and make sure all that hot and cold air you’re footing the bill for isn’t going outside. Making modifications as small as one degree can impact your energy efficiency and can help decrease your monthly bill too. Another simple but effective step is changing out light bulbs. LED bulbs may have a higher up-front cost, but when you consider that they last upwards of five years, and the savings and energy efficiency that come with that longevity , they are well worth the investment. Utilize new technology In the past few years programmable thermostats have really taken off. There’s a reason for that – convenience and energy efficiency. Not only do thermostats like the Lennox iComfort® WiFi and Nest Learning thermostats offer access to total home comfort, they make it a cinch to achieve. More and more programmable thermostats are beginning to offer remote access and control via smartphones and the web, so even if you’re not at home and it slipped your mind to turn down the thermostat, you’re covered. Boosting your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be boring, and with the growth in home comfort technology, it can actually be fun and exciting. Whether it’s a simple swap of an air filter or a shiny new programmable thermostat, the team at Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Ogden can help arm you with products and services that take your energy efficiency to a higher level. If you have any questions about what else you can do to increase your energy efficiency or are curious about which programmable thermostat is ideal for you, give the team at Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 801-436-8985.