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Tips for improving the energy efficiency of your home

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Spring weather is finally here, a welcome relief for those parts of the country that have spent the last few months plagued by snow and ice. With the warm weather comes an increased dependence on air conditioners, which can use up a large amount of energy and add to your utility bills each month. There are certain steps you can take to reduce the overall electrical consumption of your house so you do not have to pay as much when you write out that check.

Here are a few ways you can improve your home's power use:

  • Go solar: If you have the budget to renovate your house, you should look into having solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed. Powering your home using natural light will not only reduce your utility payments, but it will cut down on the amount of carbon dioxide you release into the environment.
  • Install efficient lighting: One of the most effective ways to reduce your electricity use is to replace your current light bulbs with efficient LED or CFL fixtures. These bulbs use up to 40 percent less energy than incandescent lights, which will result in immediate savings.
  • Seal everything: To make sure that you are not spending money to heat or cool the outdoors, your home should be checked for any possible air leaks. Should you find a leak around your doors or windows, seal it up as soon as possible.

If you are looking to reform and upgrade how your house uses electricity, schedule an appointment with John C. Flood today. We offer a wide range of Washington, D.C. electrical services, and you can work with a DC contractor to make the necessary adjustments to your home.