These days, people are more environmentally conscious. When it comes to their homes, that often starts with being more thoughtful about heating and cooling so they’re consuming less energy. With that in mind, here are some tips for making your home more ecofriendly:

1. Install a smart thermostat Modern thermostats come with various features that help you manage heating and cooling, so you use less energy. For example, you can program a thermostat to adjust temperature during the workday and then turn on heating or cooling an
hour before you get home.

2. Take advantage of nonpeak times Many utilities (electricity, water, etc.) offer price breaks at nonpeak periods. For example, washing your clothes later in the evening might reduce your water bill. Ask your utility providers about available pricesaving programs.

3. Buy energysaving products.  A wide range of products are available to help you lower energy consumption, from shower faucets to kitchen ranges.  The next time you’re shopping for an appliance or fixture, ensure it has ecofriendly features.

4. Replace worn insulation.  A oneinch crack in window insulation can cause your home’s HVAC system to work harder. That’s why experts advise that you check the insulation around doors and windows once a year and repair or replace it where necessary.

5. Manage passive heat.  It’s no surprise that a window letting in the sun will make a room warmer. So, take advantage of this free energy
source. Let sun into rooms on cool days, so your furnace doesn’t have to come on as often. Do the opposite on hot days.

Diana is wellconnected in the local home industry.  If you need any advice or recommendations, call today!