Celebrate Earth Day 2017 with These Tips to Reduce Energy Consumption

Falling on April 22nd, Earth Day 2017 is just over a week away. At Larry & Sons, we believe in making environmentally friendly choices whenever possible, and we strive to help our customers reduce their energy consumption not just on Earth Day but throughout the entire year. Whether it’s energy efficient HVAC systems or plumbing fixtures that are designed to minimize waste, we have what you need to make small changes in your home that will make a big difference.

In honor of Earth Day 2017, we’ve put together this list of easy ways to reduce energy consumption.

Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption in Honor of Earth Day

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  1. Install drapes. Putting up drapes makes your home look great, and it can reduce heat gains by as much as 33%.
  2. Use an advanced power strip. Fight energy vampires by using advanced power strips. Switch the strip off when you aren’t using your electronic devices, and you could save $200 per year.
  3. Maintain your air conditioner. Taking good care of your home’s cooling system boosts its efficiency, reducing its environmental impact. Replace your filters regularly, and make sure vents aren’t blocked by furniture or clutter.
  4. Keep the doors and windows closed. When you have your air conditioner or heat turned on, make sure all the doors and windows in your home are securely closed.
  5. Upgrade your water heater. If you have a conventional water heater with a storage tank, upgrading to an energy efficient tankless water heater will drastically cut your energy consumption and lower your bills.
  6. Seal air leaks. Leaky air ducts waste tons of energy. Commit to having your air ducts sealed this year, and you could save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills.
  7. Invest in a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you can enjoy a comfortable home while you’re home and give your HVAC system a break while you’re away. When properly programmed, you could reduce your heating and cooling energy consumption by up 10% or more.

Looking for more ways to reduce energy consumption? Larry & Sons can help! We offer energy efficient solutions for any situation and budget. Call 301-733-5428 today to learn how we can help you reduce your impact on the environment and save on your monthly bills!

Resolve to Save Energy in the New Year with These 5 Easy Tips!

2017 is here, and now is the perfect time to make New Year’s Resolutions and put them into action. While most people are starting on diets and exercise plans that are likely to fail, why not do something different this year?

Resolving to reduce your energy consumption is easy, and the payoff is huge. There are several small ways to use less energy, and these small changes are much easier to stick to than an entire overhaul of your diet!

Check out these tips to save energy in the New Year!

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption

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Resolve to reduce energy consumption in 2017 with these easy tips!
  1. Kick your old thermostat to the curb. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat can save you up to 10% on your annual heating and cooling bills by simply adjusting the temperature when you’re asleep or not at home. You stay comfortable, and your energy bills drop. What’s not to love?
  2. Get rid of your old appliances. Old appliances could be wasting tons of energy. In fact, your appliances and electronics account for about 20% of your home’s energy consumption. By upgrading to Energy Star certified products, you could drastically reduce your usage. As a bonus, upgrading could make you eligible for valuable tax incentives.
  3. Take advantage of the sun. During the winter months, opening up your curtains to let the sun in gives your heating system a bit of a break. Opening up the blinds also lets light in, meaning you need to use less electric lights. Remember to keep the blinds and curtains closed during the summer, though.
  4. Pick up a power strip. Did you know that your electronic devices and chargers draw power even when they aren’t in use? Known as “energy vampires,” these things could be costing you up to $100 per year. Plug them into a power strip, and turn off the strip when the devices aren’t in use.
  5. Schedule a home energy audit. Not sure what’s driving up your energy bills? A home energy audit is a great way to find out. During the audit, you’ll learn where you’re wasting energy and find out how to lower your consumption.

At Larry & Sons, we can help you discover ways to reduce your energy consumption all around your home. From sealing air ducts to prevent warmed or cooled air from escaping to helping you upgrade to a programmable thermostat to replacing your old energy hog of a water heater with a new tankless water heater, we’re here to help you make small changes that make a huge difference!

Contact us today to learn how to make your home more energy efficient in 2017! Call 301-733-5428.

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