Energy Saving 101: The Bedroom
When we look for ways to save energy in the home, we usually think about the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. However, since we spend about one-third of our lives in the bedroom, it makes sense to look here for energy savings potential too.
Here are seven tips to help you save energy in the bedroom, courtesy of the experts at TFC Electric:
- Unplug electronic devices when not in use. Even when you think they are off, electronics plugged into the outlet are constantly drawing power. The only way to prevent this “phantom energy” is by unplugging all devices which are not currently being used.
- Use sleep timers on your television and fan. If you use a television, fan, white noise machine, or similar electronic device to help you fall asleep, consider using a sleep timer so they automatically turn off after a couple of hours.
- Keep your closet door closed. Keeping your closet door open effectively expands the square footage of your bedroom, which in turn forces your HVAC system work harder to maintain your desired temperature.
- Keep the space surrounding your air vents clear. If you have curtains or furniture blocking the vents in your room, air from your HVAC system won’t be able to circulate effectively.
- Be mindful of your windows. Your windows are a key factor in energy-efficiency. Make sure to seal any air leaks around the frame, and keep your curtains closed on hot days and cold nights to minimize air loss.
- Upgrade to LED light bulbs. LED lights use a fraction of the electricity of incandescent bulbs, and can last up to ten times longer.
- Use your ceiling fan to supplement your HVAC system. Did you know ceiling fans can help keep you warm or cool, depending on the blade direction? For best results, set your fan to rotate counterclockwise during the summer, and clockwise during the colder months.
TFC Electric provides residential and commercial electrician services to homes and businesses across Suffolk County, Long Island. Contact us online to get started with a free estimate, or call (631) 589-2800.