Hello Pacific Landing followers, visitors, family and friends. Welcome to our second post! The developers in charge of Pacific Landing have always been very conscious of green forms of building, the more we can do in the construction stages the less you have to pay on energy costs. So today we decided to look at some simple ways for you to save energy and ultimately a bit of cash. Let’s face it, for years now ‘go green’ has been thrown at us everywhere we turn and we’ve heard it all before, right? That’s what we thought too, but turns out even some of these seemingly “common sense” items were still news to us. So let’s dive right in shall we?
1) Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
It may seem old hat, but it’s still one of the simplest ways to save energy in your home. Changing all bulbs or at least some of them to compact fluorescent bulbs. They use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than an incandescent.
2) Unplug Appliances or use Smart Strips
When your appliances are not in use such as TV, PVR, Chargers, Gaming Systems, Toasters, Coffee Makers, etc., they can still draw power from the outlets. This is called a phantom draw. There are two ways to stop this from happening. Unplugging them is the free option but really, most of us are too lazy to actually do this every time. I know I am. Lucky for us there is option 2! Invest in smart power strips. These are power bars that add more outlets to your outlet, the only difference is they are smarter than your average bar. They sense when the device isn’t in use and prevents it from drawing power it doesn’t need.
3) Laundry Tips and Tricks
Many of these we have all heard before: Wash your loads with cold water, do full loads instead of lots of small ones, and use drying racks instead of the dryer whenever possible. But what about this cool little tidbit – if you put a dry towel in the dryer with your wet load it will seriously reduce drying time. Nice!
4) Place Houseplants Strategically
Seriously, if you are not like me and can actually keep houseplants alive, this is a great way to save energy! By placing plants so that they shade your thermostats or just your place in general (south and west sides are the best places), they will reduce sun exposure and help keep your place cool. That means your thermostat won’t kick in as often! Not to mention you get the added benefit of extra oxygen production from the plants.
5) Speaking of Thermostats… Programmable!
Programmable thermostats have the potential to save a lot of energy. They really give you complete control over how your place is heated or cooled throughout the day and night. A couple other quick tips: Try setting the thermostat a couple degrees higher in the summer and lower in the winter and when you go on vacation set it to 12℃. That way your heater won’t have to come on but your pipes won’t freeze.
6) Hot Water Heaters – Turn em down!
While we are talking temperature, lowering the temperature on your water heater is also a good way to save energy. While we are at the heater check the filter! It is a good idea to clean it once a month. This will have a large impact on the lifespan of your hot water heater.
**Pro-cleaning tip – maybe take the vacuum to the refrigerator coils a couple times a year too!** – this will also save energy and make your appliance run more efficiently.
I know. But it’s true. Just turn the lights off when you leave the room. Use natural daylight as much as possible. If you don’t need the lights, don’t turn them on. Another good feature to utilize is sleep modes. This isn’t exactly lights but it works. If you leave your computer for more than 15 minutes, put it to sleep. If you are watching tv and are tired, set the sleep timer so that the tv shuts itself off even if you fall asleep.
8) Reflective Film, Windows and Blinds! Oh My!
Reflective film installed on windows can help to reduce sun exposure and heat gain in the summer! You want to make sure you have energy efficient windows free from any leaks and gaps. Blinds are also very helpful in summer to reduce heat gain whereas draperies will allow for less heat loss in winter.
Summer is definitely BBQ weather but more than that using the bbq instead of the oven will reduce your cooling costs as ovens go a long way in heating up your home. So obviously the opposite goes for winter. Using your oven more will help keep your home warmer. Also, when you want to clean your oven the best time to use the self cleaning function is right after you have finished dinner. This saves a lot of energy in heating time.
10) Use Smart Home Technology!
Smart home technology is a system that displays your own home’s energy information on a smartphone or tablet, and will allow remote control of your entrance light and heat pump thermostat. This allows you to control your home with ease and the freedom to make changes from anywhere! Pacific Landing is proud to provide this feature to all of our owners with their suites.
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