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Back to School Energy Saving Tips

Fall is in the air and the kids are going back to school. With shorter days on the horizon and bigger energy consumption due to cooling temperatures and more indoor and school-related activities, here are a few tips from Liberty Builders to help you and your family save energy. While it may be fall on the calendar, it’s still summer weather for most of Texas when it comes to temperature. Keep the air conditioner off during the day while you and the kids are away from home and then turn it on when everyone’s home to feel the cool air. Use fans to keep cool air circulating around the house. Tell your kid’s to keep electronics plugged into a surge protector to keep electronics safe from electrical surges and keep homework safe. For fall backyard activities, try using cost-effective lighting like torches, candles or LED lights. Take advantage of the still long hours of sunlight and try to keep the lights in your home off for as long as possible; an unobstructed window can easily light many rooms in the average home. Finally, check your home for any leaks or gaps in doors and windows that let out cold air: even a small leak can turn into a big draft as the weather gets colder. Seal any gaps or cracks, and if the job is too big for you don’t worry, just give the pros at Liberty Builders a call and we’ll come right over to inspect your home for cracks, leaks and gaps.
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Energy Saving Tips for the Whole Family

The kids are going back to school and that means their electronics won’t get a moment of reprieve. This zealous use of energy and resources can cause a serious spike in your energy bill. These tips are designed to help teach the whole family how to be a little more energy efficient. Make sure that kids close the refrigerator and freezer doors. More than a third of the cold air in your refrigerator can escape every time the door is open. Summer is not over in Texas and that means the days are still hot. Keep curtains closed during the day to keep the sun at bay and adjust the thermostat by about 10 degrees in the summer months. Remind children that an adult should be the only one to adjust the thermostat. When your family leaves the room, turn off any lights or electrical devices: encourage kids to remember to turn off their laptops, video game consoles and TVs when they’re not in use or when they’re not in the room. Use a timer to help teach your kids how to take shorter baths and showers that will help reduce on water usage and waste. Encourage your children to report any burned out light bulbs so that they can be replaced with compact florescent bulbs, which save about $30 dollars in energy cost over the life of the light bulb. When organizing chore charts set any chores that involve the dishwasher, washing machine or dryer until after 8pm. This will keep your home cool despite the heat that can be put out by washing machines, dryers and dishwashers. Only run complete loads of dishes or clothes and any smaller loads of dishes or clothes should be air-dried on the counter or outside on a clothesline.

These energy tips can help keep your electric bills low and teach the whole family invaluable lessons on energy management and energy efficiency. Contact Liberty Builders if you suspect that your home may not be as energy efficient as possible: we can help seal any cracks doors or windows that can waste energy.

 

Sources:

http://www.mortgagecalculator.org/helpful-advice/energy-saving-for-kids.php

http://www.alliantenergykids.com/EnergyandTheEnvironment/SavingEnergy/022391