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While we’re in the throes of winter, homeowners across the world are wondering how they can make their homes more energy efficient.  Westway Electric Supply offers up some of their best tips for energy efficiency that will keep you safe and comfortable this winter, no matter where you are in the country.  

Thermostat Settings: If you want to remain comfortable in an affordable and energy saving sense during any time of the year, then it is recommended that you set your thermostat to around 75 degrees. This setting will not put as much stress on your AC unit during the summer or your heating system in the winter, further lowering your energy bills and keeping you and your family or roommates comfortable.

Programmable Thermostat: As of late, programmable thermostats have proven to be extremely popular across the nation. By using a programmable thermostat, you are able to set the temperature of your home to different degrees at various points throughout the day. The Nest Thermostat even has the ability to learn your thermostat’s habits.

Minimal Sun Penetration: If your home is larger or simply contains a lot of windows, chances are during peak sun hours of the day in mid-summer, your home will get quite warm rather quickly. Keep your windows covered with shades or blinds to minimize the amount of sun that comes in during the day. Lessening sun exposure will keep the temperature down and avoid working your thermostat too hard.

Proper Insulation:  Insulation lines a home to create a barrier between the interior and exterior of a home. In the summer, insulation’s job is to keep the cool air in, and the heat out. Conversely in the winter, insulation has the job of keeping the warm air in and the cool air out. The right insulation can help your home use heating and cooling appliances more efficiently.

Turn off Extra Refrigerators: Multiple refrigerator usage within your home should try and be eliminated by all means necessary, especially if you have one located in your garage. The heat and humidity from the outdoor air in the garage will make the refrigerator work harder, and consequently use up more energy. If it’s possible, minimize yourself to a refrigerator in the kitchen.

Light Bulb Replacements: If you are still using common incandescent light bulbs in your home, it’s time to make a healthy change. By replacing your bulky, incandescent light bulbs with newer, updated fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs, your home will instantly appear brighter with lesser energy usage.

Save money and energy with these tips!