ABC’s of Austin Window Fashions: N is for eNergy Efficient

Ok, so I cheated a little with my alphabet, but Energy Efficiency in so important, we needed to revisit it in the summer since we talked about it in the winter.

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s hot out there. Temperatures are soaring and we are only in the early part of August. The heat will be with us for at least another couple of months, so there are things you can do to conserve energy not only for the sake of our natural resources, but also for the sake of your electric bill.

Turn your thermostat up 1-2°. Use a programmable thermostat so that you don’t forget to adjust your thermostat daily. If you’re going to be gone for four or more hours, turn the thermostat up another 3-5°. Wait until after 7:00 p.m. to turn the thermostat down to a cooler temperature for while you sleep. Use fans to keep rooms cooler without using the air conditioning unit.

Turn off and unplug electronics. Appliances account for about 20% of a home’s electricity usage. Even when they’re turned off, they pull some electricity, so it’s best to unplug them when they are not in use. They also generate heat, so turning them off helps keep your temperatures cooler, as well.

Limit use of washers, dryers, and dishwashers. The Texas sun is a quick clothes dryer, so why not use that free resource and hang a clothes line outside? If that doesn’t work for you, just be sure not to overfill your dryer. In addition, Dry your laundry loads back-to-back and clean the lint filter between loads. This way, your dryer is still hot from the previous load, and you save energy. Only run the dishwasher when it is full – partial loads just waste water. Same goes for the washing machine – run it full and use cold water.

Use window coverings. You could be losing 25-30% of the energy you put into heating or cooling your home through the windows. Austin Window Fashions has a variety of window treatment options for every style of home décor. They are functional as well as fashionable. From plantation shutters to honeycomb shades, we’ve got you covered. Close blinds, drapes, or shutters on windows that get direct light, especially in the hottest part of the day. If you are prone to forget to close your window treatments, opt for a motorized variety that you can program and / or operate from your smart phone.

These are just a few of the ways you can easily reduce your electricity usage in your home. For more ideas, check our Energy Efficiency board on Pinterest.