Seasonal tips that can help Virginians save money and conserve energy

It's National Energy Action Month, and to help spread awareness about the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency, Virginia is launching a new statewide program called Virginia Energy Sense. The campaign looks to achieve a 10 percent reduction in electricity use. To help accomplish this goal, state officials have put together a monthly tip calendar dubbed "31 Tips for 31 Days," offering homeowners a series of small and easy-to-implement measures that can go a long way in improving power use and reducing utility bills.

Some of the different suggestions posed by the initiative include:

  • Have a programmable thermostat installed so you can set temperatures lower – and save money on heating costs – when you're out of the house
  • Implement foam gaskets behind light switches and electrical outlets to block air leaks
  • Make a habit of replacing HVAC air filters, as they tend to become clogged over time, which can result in poor air circulation and unnecessarily higher energy expenditures
  • Seal up air leaks in windows and doors with weatherstripping and caulk
  • Unplug appliances or gadgets like phone chargers when they're not in use, as they are always consuming energy as long as they're plugged in
  • Utilize the services of a home inspection contractor to evaluate how efficient your home is, where it may be wasting energy and what can be done to resolve these issues.

Homeowners in the area can also make use of available options for window tinting in Virginia. By utilizing specialized house window tinting films, like energy saving window film, you can create an effective barrier in your home's windows that absorbs sunlight, allowing for consistent indoor temperatures and lighter utility expenses. For more information on how residential window tinting can help improve household energy efficiency, contact R and J Tinting today.