Saving Energy in Your Bryan College Station Home

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The average home in Bryan-College Station today consumes twice the amount of power and twice as many electrical outlets as a home in the 1960’s or 1970’s. Weather changes often have a significant impact on the increase in utility costs and regardless of what one may think there are ways to keep those bills steady year round. So….front view

  • Check air conditioning system to make sure it is at the peak operating condition.
  • Replace air filters often (at least once a month).
  • Keep thermostat no higher than 78 degrees during summer months and 68 degrees during winter months.
  • Install a thermostat that automatically adjusts temperature in order to save.
  • During the summer be sure to do heat producing tasks (cooking, laundry, dish washing) in the early mornings or late evenings.
  • Use microwave over oven if possible.
  • Reset water heater between 110 and 120 degrees.
  • Keep blinds and shades closed to reduce heat gain in summer and in summer open them to receive direct sunlight and heat.
  • In kitchen, bath and laundry areas use exhaust fans.
  • Check weather-stripping on doors frequently and change when needed.
  • Fans help to circulate air when needed but turn off when room is occupied.
  • Landscaping helps to block the sun.
  • Check irrigation system for leaks and broken or clogged spray heads.
  • Do not over water! The average lawn needs only about 1 inch of water per week.
  • Make sure sprinklers are watering grass, not sidewalks or driveways.
  • Adjust irrigation controller to water no more than two days per week.
  • Track rainfall by adding inexpensive rain sensor.
  • Set your mower blade to 2-3 inches.
  • Avoid spray irrigation during the day (10am-6pm) and never water on windy days.
  • Practice reading your electric and water meters to help monitor daily usage.

Susan Hilton

Susan Hilton College Station Real Estate

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