Lounge Comfortably in your Living Room with These Energy-Saving Tips
Whether your living room is your child's playground or a man cave, it can be a busy room in your home. From movie marathons to family game night, the following simple projects can help your entire family enjoy the living room while saving money on your energy bill.
Reduce vampire power
Vampire power is the energy that’s wasted when electronic devices are plugged in, but not in use. Defeat those vampires in your living room by using a smart power strip for all your electronics, including the TV, surround sound, and gaming systems. Smart power strips sense when the equipment is not in use and will stop the wasted energy, saving you money throughout the year.
Adjust the thermostat
Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter and raise it to 76 degrees in the summer to reduce your heating and cooling costs. While you’re at it, next time you host Thanksgiving or a winter get-together, turn the thermostat down a couple of degrees before guests arrive. The extra warmth created by the stove, additional lighting and body heat from your guests will keep your home comfortable while the furnace runs a little less.
Make your ceiling fan match the season
Your fan has two settings, clockwise and counterclockwise, which need to be changed twice a year to help keep your living room at the ideal temperature. During the winter, your fan should rotate clockwise to pull cold air up to the ceiling and force warm air down and out toward the walls. When the weather starts to warm up, flip the switch to the counterclockwise setting so you feel a cool breeze.
Consider updated windows
Quality windows can make a huge difference in your energy use. If your home has old or inefficient windows, it may be time to upgrade. New, energy-efficient windows can reduce heating and cooling costs to your living room so you’re comfortable all year long.
Put your window treatments to work
If replacing your windows isn’t in the budget, window treatments can help. When it’s warm out, be sure to close your curtains or blinds to block the sun’s hot rays from radiating in your living room windows. If the weather’s chilly, pull them open to let the sunlight shine through your windows and fill the entire living room with warmth.
Enjoy your fireplace
Use your fireplace to make you more comfortable on those chilly fall nights. When your fireplace is not in use, be sure to keep your damper closed to prevent any heat in the winter or air conditioning in the summer from escaping right up the chimney.
Once you’ve made these energy saving updates in your living room, check out our tips for saving energy in your laundry room!